REVIEW: The Reckoning: A gripping psychological thriller (Secrets of Redemption Book 5) -Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)

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Secrets of Redemption Book 5
Michele Pariza Wacek
Psychological Thriller
Love-Based Publishing
December 22, 2020

She was supposed to be safe.

For the first time in her life, Charlie felt like she belonged.

She loved living in Redemption, Wisconsin. She had everything she ever wanted: a home, friends, a new business, a new love.

However, nothing is ever what it seems in Redemption. And you should never, ever, discount the darkness hiding under the surface.

Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

It has been six weeks and Charlie (Charlotte) and Jonathan’s affair is hot and heavy. As much as they love each other Jonathan has made it perfectly clear he will never leave his wife and break his promise to always protect her. Of course there is still the fear that Alan, Charlie’s ex-fiance is still around and his death nothing but a hoax.


Charlie was right because Alan is still alive and shows up in her kitchen insisting that they leave and that they will marry. After hearing a noise in the house Charlie calls Jonathan rather than the police and that was just one of the many mistakes she makes. Jonathan is knocked out and Alan threatens to shoot him but somehow Jonathan wakes up and a fight ensues with Charlie holding the gun and killing Alan. Two choices, one- call the police since it was definitely a case of self-defense, and two- follow Jonthan’s advice and bury the body since no one would be looking for Alan since he is presumed dead she chose to go along with Jonathan and that was just another mistake that would come back to haunt her.


Unfortunately the deaths keep piling up, a waitress and someone very unexpected die. Jonathan begins to show a dark side but in spite of that Charlie stands by him and tries to put everything out of her mind which doesn’t work very well. A reporter and a bar owner begin to ask Charlie questions: does she know anything about the missing waitress and can she explain why a car with New York plates was found parked not far from her house? Everything is falling apart, but Jonathan insists that he will protect Charlie no matter what, only what does his protection consist of.


This really was an edge of your seat thriller but I must admit that I was not a fan of Charlie. She came off as weak and sometimes stupid. She went from an abused ex-fiance to the new owner of Witch House and a woman who got involved with dangerous and deadly incidents. There is no doubt in my mind that there is more to her story and more about Redemption, Wisconsin.

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