Four people all with something in common are about to live their worst nightmare. They all had a part to play in the destruction of two lives and they thought they got away with it. A hooded figure knows what they did and is going to make sure that vengeance is served. The four people will suffer through all the pain that their victims had to suffer through. Each one will visit their own personal hell and learn from the sins they have committed.
This is the story behind Leon Opio’s Vengeance Is Mine. Things are pretty straight forward in this book and the title says it all. This is a thriller and its all about vengeance. You could also say its a mystery, at first you wonder who the hooded figure is that brought the victims to the dungeon. Then you wonder how are the four related and how did the hooded figure find out about each one and how did they capture them.
Vengeance Is Mine is a full length novel but it seems like a quick read. It’s a fast paced story that you won’t want to put down because you will always be wondering what happens next. I enjoyed how Leon Opio makes all the characters seem sympathetic at first but as you find out more about them you think maybe I shouldn’t be feeling sorry for these people. With the hooded figure its the opposite, you hate the person at first but as the story goes along you think the person is justified.
Everyone in this book is a shade of Gray. I didn’t find myself necessarily liking any of the characters but I still couldn’t put the book down. Leon did a great job of describing the action and coming up with ways to torture everyone in the book. To an extent Vengeance Is Mine had me thinking of the movie Saw because the victims were trapped by an unseen person who was trying to teach them a lesson.
What I enjoyed most about this psychological horror story was how each victim in the story never thought they did anything wrong. They looked at themselves as being good citizens but by thinking only of themselves they hurt others, they didn’t care and became evil. In the case of the hooded figure they are becoming an evil person by torturing the person who did wrong, even though they see themselves as righteous. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and no one is a hero in this book, even when they try to be.
Vengeance Is Mine is a wicked thrill ride that anyone who ever wanted to make their enemies suffer will enjoy. There are some surprises along the way and I really loved how the story unfolded. I’ve read books similar to this one but Leon manages to put his own original twist on a thriller about revenge.This is Leon Opio’s first novel and it will be interesting to see what Leon will be able to come up with in future books..