Review: Killing Instinct by Darcia Helle

Killing InstinctKilling Instinct 

Darcia Helle

Quiet Fury Books; 2013, 323 pgs.

ISBN:  9781484951910Darcia Helle


Reviewed by Gina R. Metz


In Killing Instinct, Sandman and his partner run an internet business where they provide a secure location and victims to clients who for the right price can turn their fantasies which include things like rape, torture and murder into reality.   Sandman’s personal fantasy revolves around a woman named Maria Milan who he feels ruined his life years earlier.


Michael Sykora and Sean Riley run a business where they provide justice for crimes like rape and murder when the legal system fails.  Sean Riley is a hit man born to kill.  Michael got into the business after his fiancé was murdered.


Sean accepts a contract to torture and murder Maria but finds he cannot complete the job.  Now it is up to Sean and Michael to track down Sandman and shut down his organization before someone else can locate and kill Maria.


Killing Instinct is the third book in Darcia Helle’s Michael Sykora series but is designed to read well as a stand-alone.  Killing Instinct is a fast paced thriller that captivates the reader from the start.   I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be purchasing No Justice and Beyond Salvation which are the first and second books in this series and I look forward to future installments.

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