Talented authors Perri Forrest and Jasmine Williams capture that revengeful spirit in "Beautiful Vengeance" as they take readers on an emotional journey in the dangerous West Oakland streets where innocent lives continue to be tragically affected by cops, gangs and the ones we trust the most. The story begins with two sisters, Angel and Angelique Simmons, and their cousin Rikki, whom themselves mourn the loss of their mother and cousin Audrey Ellis after she was murdered years earlier in a hail of bullets. Audrey's killer remains free.
Years later, as the nonexistence of law and order continues to build in the city, the three deeply-afflicted and wounded women begin their own movement for social change. Sometimes the families of victims are able to reach deep down inside and forgive the perpetrators for their cowardly acts. Other times, all it takes is another act of injustice before that burning desire turns into a flame. Enough is enough. There must be consequence. I consider "Beautiful Vengeance" to be a timely read in the face of all that takes place in society, today, with the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter developments.
The truth is all lives matter: In life, and death, and most importantly revenge.
I enjoyed this book. As someone who has experienced the tragic loss of innocently murdered loved ones, I understand how it feels to be impacted by their deaths far greater than many know, especially when their killers haven't been brought to justice. To live every single day without harboring feelings of retribution in the back of your mind is a daunting task and even more disheartening when the perpetrators are knowingly and unknowingly among you.
"Beautiful Vengeance" offers a well-written, well-developed, action-packed and suspenseful thirty-eight chapters filled with strong and rounded characters that come to life and death. The general premise of the story is sometimes you must take matters or better yet, revenge, into your own hands."
Don Christoper, former blogger at Minus the Bars