Requiem For Immortals by Lee Winter

A seductive work of art

What was the book about?:
Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty, even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld as Requiem. The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Requiem can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As Requiem gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares.

Featured Tropes:
Age-gap, opposites attract, thriller, crime

Book Strengths:
It is important to note that Requiem and Natalya are viewed by each other as different people, and Winter ensures that as readers, we watch the struggle that Requiem/Natalya have with keeping this dichotomy. That definite line gets very blurry as the tension builds, like movements in a symphony. The tension, created with specific word choice, tight writing, and a plot that makes us hold our breath as the two storylines start to converge, is one of the key strengths in the novel. The other is how well the characters change and shift as they start to realise that trust, confidence, awareness of self, and love are not linear concepts at all.

Book weaknesses:
I’m actually going to say it. This book is pretty close to perfect. Perhaps I had an advantage as the particular places and cultural quirks of Melbourne are just my everyday experience, and so not knowing about these may be a negative for anyone from overseas. But I don’t think so. It’s too well-written.

Character Chemistry:
This is not a romance novel, however chemistry is about reaction, potential, and the combination of elements. So, oh my, there’s chemistry. It is Natalya as Requiem who meets Alison first, and this moment initiates a series of very sharp, knife-edge interactions between all three. Watching Requiem/Natalya and Alison pick apart the notes in their metaphorical music is amazing chemistry.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥
Sex is power in Requiem’s world, so yes, there’s some heat. But this aspect is not why you’d read this book.

Requiem For Immortals has a depth and strength that holds a reader right there, carefully balanced. Once you start, you’ll have to throw your to-do list out the window because you won’t be able to put the book down.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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