The Fixer: The Killing Kind – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Jill Amy Rosenblatt

The Fixer: The Killing Kind is Jill Amy Rosenblatt’s second novel about the thrilling adventures of Katerina Mills, college student and professional “fixer.” She fixes difficult problems for wealthy elites who don’t want to get their hands dirty. It’s gotten her into trouble before, but now there are dangerous forces after her that are threatening more than just her job.

Much like the first entry in this series, The Killing Kind tries to juggle far too many plot points at once, making for a confusing and almost difficult reading experience. There’s easily at least two books’ worth of material packed into this one, and it isn’t quite handled as well as it could be. The constant revolving door of characters and frequent, unnecessary skipping between plot lines is often frustrating, as is Katerina’s consistent lack of realistic character development. Unfortunately, many of the same shortcomings that the previous book in the series suffered from have only migrated over to The Killing Kind as well.

Nevertheless, The Killing Kind is still an intriguing and mysterious read, full of increased action and adventure for the series’ unlikely heroine. Jill Amy Rosenblatt certainly raised the stakes for the entire series in this book, including more danger, more drama, and more scenes with fan favorite characters that appeared too briefly in the first book, like the charming and mysterious Alexander Winter. The fast-paced narrative and rich, exciting plot is also captivating, making The Killing Kind a real page-turner. The Fixer: The Killing Kind is an excellent continuation of Katerina Mills’ high-stakes adventures, yet also brilliantly teases at all the fantastic tales to come in this thrilling series.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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