Title: The Rat
Author: Louise Collins
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: June 16th 2019
Page Count: 205 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Rory’s not like the other inmates. In fact, he’s not an inmate at all. He’s undercover, tasked with gathering information on Sebastian Claw. He’s planning something for his upcoming release, and Rory needs to find out what.
Rory doesn’t like the Sebastian of the past—the murderer, or the Sebastian of the future—the plotter. He does like the Sebastian of the present. The one he shares his cell, his body, and possibly his heart with.
The line between what’s right and wrong, what’s good and bad, start to blur. But if Sebastian finds out who Rory is, he’s a dead man …
This is my second book by Louise Collins and this author is definitely on my radar now. I read the Freshman last month, and, although I loved the intensity of the story, the ending was so rushed and unexplored, it left me hanging. Here it was almost the opposite. Almost.
There is a lot of tension throughout the story, don’t get me wrong. The “rat” falls in love with the man he’s there to investigate. There is steam and suspense and angst. There were moments I thought there was no way in hell this could ever work out. I’m just not sure I fall for how quickly or rather abruptly the guys developed feelings for each other. To be fair, we only get the cop’s POV. The other MC had supposedly developed feelings earlier but it ws not on page, and his earlier hostile behavior made it seem like insta-love.
I find the prison setting extremely interesting and kind of tricky for an author, to be honest, because it means that the MCs are probably antiheroes. And Collins’s protagonists are most definitely antiheroes. Not innocent, not wrongly convicted or framed for something they didn’t do. Are there redeeming facts about their crimes? Sure there are. Still, they ‘re guilty AF.
I can tell that this is also a very well thought story, It had so many opportunities to become a mess, filled with plot-holes. But nope. In the end everything fall into place, in a way that made me turn back to certain scenes to read them from a new viewpoint.
The ending was lovely this time, a solid HEA. It was the kind of ending that would have made me 5 star The Freshman.
I hope the secondary characters will get a story. I mean they were so well sketched, they definitely deserve a voice.