Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.
She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember.
She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and his trained killer. She kills at his whim or she dies.
She has a target. Her so-called owner…the man who makes her life a living hell. If she could kill anybody in the universe, it would be him. But he holds her life in his hands.
And she has a wish—to find a man she barely remembers. A man she knows she once loved. The man who betrayed her and stole away her freedom.
With one final target between her and the tantalizing promise of freedom, she moves in for the kill. There’s one problem. There’s something strangely familiar about her mark. Something that echoes in the void where love used to live.
Silence was born/created just ten years ago but in that short time has seen and spilt more blood than imaginable. Now she is fully honed into a killing machine, a deadly assassin and yet, not free, no, Silence is never free. Cruelly tied to a barbaric master, her life such as it is, is not her own anymore. Yet sometimes, brief snatches of memory haunt her, reminding her that once she was something else and yes, maybe someone else too.
Gold is her owner and he gives her a new target but this time he promises something far too valuable to ignore, freedom! Silence doesn't trust the evil Gold but if there's a chance to escape, then she has to take it. All Silence must do is perform one more hit, but when she arrives where her target is, her past steps out to meet her!
This works as a standalone and it was interesting reading Ms Daniels' (aka Shiloh Walker) take on Sci-Fi as I usually read her urban fantasy series, Colbana Files, featuring Kit. There is something these heroines have in common though, and that's their sheer refusal to get knocked down and stay down! Silence may be in a dark place with Gold pulling her strings but her hatred of him fills her with passion and it's gut wrenching to read just how manipulated Silence has been.
This is a short read but I'd love to read more set in this world, as although there is a resolution of sorts, it's not a definitive happy ending. This is probably not suitable for younger readers due to sexual content that will, perhaps, leave some readers with a nasty taste in their mouths. Fear not though, because Ms Daniels may make Silence suffer, but she also finally allows her to experience joy!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.