by Linda L. Richards
May 16 - June 10, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Her assignments were always to kill someone. That’s what a hitman—or hitwoman—is paid to do, and that is what she does. Then comes a surprise assignment—keep someone alive!
She is hired to protect Virginia Martin, the stunning and brilliant chief technology officer of a hot startup with an innovation that will change the world. This new job catches her at a time in her life when she’s hanging on by a thread. Despair and hopelessness—now more intense than she’d felt after the tragic loss of her family—led her to abruptly launch this career. But over time, the life of a hired killer is decimating her spirit and she keeps thinking of ending her life.
She’s confused about the “why” of her new assignment but she addresses her mission as she always does, with skill and stealth, determined to keep this young CTO alive in the midst of the twinned worlds of innovation and high finance.
Some people have to die as she discharges her responsibly to protect this superstar woman amid the crumbling worlds of money and future technical wonders.
The spirit of an assassin—and her nameless dog—permeates this struggle to help a young woman as powerful forces build to deny her.
Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Dexter will love Exit Strategy.
I enjoyed this novel, the plot a change from the usual one featuring an assassin. Richards' writing style is a bit different from the typical thriller in that it is in the present tense and mostly prose. We readers experience the life of the heroine through her thoughts in first person narrative. There is some dialogue and not a great deal of action. Most of the novel's text is descriptive prose.
The character development is a bit different than I expected. Richards does not delve into the particular mental attitude the nameless heroine experiences as an assassin. This was covered, I think, in the first novel in this series where the heroine actually becomes an assassin. We do experience her thoughts about her remaining family members and an attempt to reconnect with her as well as her attachment to her dog.
I always like to learn something when reading a novel, in this one a bit about start up companies and financing. I also found out more about short selling stock and what it might take to make that work. Since the company in this novel is about energy production, I also learned about private generation of energy and selling it to the power company. And there was also some interesting information about nutrition.
For the assassin to protect the woman to whom she is assigned, she has to figure out who would want to kill her and why. That is a bit of a strange process and it is only by making mistakes and eliciting the help of others she gets even remotely close. There is an interesting twist at the end as to who killed who and why.
I liked the novel. I liked learning about energy and stocks. I would have liked less prose and more action but did enjoy the novel as written. I think I need to read the first in the series to satiate my desire to understand the mind of an assassin.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)