Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Thriller
Paperback: 336 pages
Release date: September 27, 2011
Series: The Grigori Legacy #1
Source: Linda Poitevin
A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…
Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.
Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.
Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.
Alexandra works as an homicide detective in the big Toronto area and a gruesome series of murders are on her hands. The violence of each scene brings back painfully memories, but with the murderer picking up his pace, there’s no time to dwell on her feelings. To make matters worst, her old partner retired and Jacob Trent has been assigned to her, and he is quite a piece of work, that arrogant prick. To good for paperwork and proper investigating, what kind of clown is he? What she doesn’t know, is that Trent was sent from Heaven to protect her and help catch the paranormal killer. He might be an angel, but he is no slice of paradise if you ask Alex!
Sins of the Angels is like no other Urban Fantasy I ever read. The closest comparison I can think of is Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian series because of the strong thriller aspect. Sins of the Angels is deeply rooted into law enforcement work and even though I don’t know much about police investigations, everything seems very real, and I’m sure Linda Poitevin did her homework to create a world as close to reality as possible. Because it’s the world Alex lives in. She doesn’t believe in supernatural and denies it’s very existence until she can’t hide from it anymore.
The psychological aspect is as strong as the police element and it’s another reason why this book stands out. You spend a lot of time in Alex & Aramael (Trent)’s heads and you are privy to all their thoughts, their beliefs, their dilemmas and feelings. I usually prefer first person narration but Linda’s choice to use third person narration served her well, because it allows the reader to understand the character’s motivations, even though I wanted to smack Alex on the head at some point. Boy, that girl is stubborn!
The entire story line happens in a few days windows, but because we follow everything that happens, and the characters don’t sleep much, it feels longer than that. The plot progresses steadily though and will keep you on your toes.
I was shocked and died a little inside when I read the last chapter. Linda Poitevin, you are a very cruel woman! She must not believe in happy endings because the end is horrific and cruel, but at least she supplied us with a spark of hope. I absolutely can’t wait for the next installment and thankfully the release date is just a couple months away.
Sins of the Angels is a thrilling Urban Fantasy with a strong psychological element that will leave you breathless and craving for more. Just remember, Heaven doesn’t necessarily means good, and good won’t always prevail, so keep your head low and buckle-up for a macabre trip to Toronto.