Review: Shooting Scars (TAT 2) by Karina Halle


Title: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2)
Author: Karina Halle
Date of publication: 20 Aug 2013
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

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My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb

Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.

When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.

Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.

My Review

It is the best book in the series so far for me. The story continues right where S&N left us. There were a few unexpected plot twists which kept me on the edge throughout the whole book. There was more action and less romance compared to the other books in the series. Another difference was the dual POV - we got to hear both Ellie's and Camden's voices. And I have to admit that I being Camden's head was an interesting experience. 

What I really liked about Shooting Scars  was thatMs Halle continued to develop the characters further. They didn't just show different aapects of their personalities, they actually evolved, forced by outside forces and their own sheer will. I found the changes Camden underwent really fascinating and on some level deeply unsettling. His struggle or lack of it to keep the distinction between right and wrong was a treat to read. Ms Halle didn't make her characters any easier to love or hate in this book. She just added another layer of complexity to them, placing them in unpredictable situations and forcing them to make the right decision.

This instalment in the series brought another major player to the scene - Gus. I liked his presence and his relationship/partnership with Camden was crucial for the plot development and for bringing to the fore the new Camden. 

I felt really bad for Ellie and even though I understood the reasons behind her actions it was still painful to see the changes in her. A for Javier, let's just say that I feel no love for him, despite everything he had been through. Theirs was a messed-up relationship and I felt that when Ellie was with him she went back to being Eden - naive, insecure, lost, hopeless. She was exactly the opposite to who she was with Camden. 

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