The Untouchables by J.J. McAvoy

September 19, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

The Untouchables by J.J. McAvoyfive-stars
The Untouchables Series: Ruthless People #2
Also in this series: Ruthless People, American Savages, A Bloody Kingdom
Published by NYLA on January 22nd 2015
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 387
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One Secret. Multiple Casualties.

Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building.

With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves.

Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming...

This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By Lily

The Untouchables is the second book in the Ruthless People Series which must be read in order. A united Melody and Liam are a force to be reckoned with. They are unstoppable, never flinching at ruling with a ruthless force, instilling fear in the people they dealt with. The Callahan rules and expectations were absolute, ignoring or flaunting them could be fatal. Liam and Melody had no hesitation in ensuring noncompliance to the rules would be met with ruthless resolutions.

We were the ‘good’ criminals. We took only what was ours, sold to only those who wanted, and killed those deserving…for the most part. We even gave back to our community ten times as much as they did.

The mayhem inflicted upon obstacles the Callahan family encountered was mind blowing. Their displays of indifference and callousness in eliminating problems/people became hauntingly astounding. What was more unsettling was my acceptance to the way they lived their life at the expense of others.

Melody and Liam are two anti-heroes who I have a growing compassion for which continues to astonish me. If you had to pick where they hail from, it would be hades rather than heaven. Amazingly, the further the story goes, the more their journey becomes a destiny of survival rather than an ambitious climb to power. Neither chose to hold the roles they have been given in their families, but they don’t cower from the responsibilities their roles demand.

So given I concede they have no option to survive, therein lies my hope of a sliver of light in their dark tale. The added complications of the legacy of Melody’s family have added a twist to the plot creating a whirlwind of suspense.

Just who are out of reach and untouchable is questionable. Instability, doubt and questionable loyalty among the families surfaced which left me desperate to start the next book in the series. The suspense was taken to a new level with the revelation of multiple characters yielding the power to manipulate others and I have no idea how they are going to reunite the remnants considering what transpired in this book!

5 Stars

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