Reviewed by Jessa Larsen
The Fixer is a person you hire when you need something fixed in a very permanent manner. She has strict standards and criteria, so you better have good reasons behind your request. She doesn’t do more than one job per country, per year. She’ll only fix your problem if there is absolutely no way it can be fixed any other way. The Fixer does her job with skill and precision. There will never be a trail or an investigation; the law will never be involved. She is invisible and lethal.
Unbeknownst to The Fixer, there are mechanisms at work which may prove to be her very undoing. A beautiful young female is in emotional turmoil. She makes the decision to visit a clinical psychologist in quiet Olympia, Washington. She puts up walls and behaves in an extremely guarded fashion, telling only riddles and lies. A few towns over, in Seattle, a detective is working a complex case whilst also trying to help his son, a dedicated journalist, look into a suspicious death. They begin to follow a trail that seems to only become more tangled as they get closer and closer to knocking on the death’s door.
I’ve read so many mystery novels and psychological thrillers that I can typically figure out “whodunit” before I even reach the halfway mark. The Fixer, to my pleasant surprise, wove its story in such a fashion that it really got me wondering and second guessing myself. I enjoyed how well Woods crafted each character, making them relatable, likable, complex, and interesting. There were so many facets to the story line, yet it was put together in an intelligent and understandable way.
This is definitely a book you don’t want to start too late into your evening, as you’re not going to be able to put it down. You’re going to have to grab a cup of coffee and pull an all-nighter to find out how this story ends. Woods has a sequel coming out in June 2014 and I can’t wait to find out what she will come up with next.
Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Alibi Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.