The Fixer: The Naked Man – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest
Jill Amy Rosenblatt
In Jill Amy Rosenblatt’s The Fixer: The Naked Man, college student Katerina Mills is fourteen thousand dollars in debt and struggling to make it through law school in one piece. When she stumbles upon a mysterious job opportunity with a too-good-to-be-true paycheck, she jumps at the opportunity. However, Katerina soon discovers that being a “fixer” will get her into more trouble than she could have ever anticipated.
Unfortunately, despite having an excellent premise, The Naked Man’s plot development leaves a lot to be desired. Much of the story is far too rushed, speeding through scenes and ending others abruptly without giving the reader the time to enjoy them fully. This rushed narrative perhaps also contributed to the lack of empathy for Katerina as a main character; there isn’t enough character development yet for readers to fully get behind this character as a protagonist. Sure, her adventures are exciting, but Katerina herself comes off as sadly one-dimensional. Also, for such a short book, The Naked Man tries to juggle too many plot points at once, leaving many loose ends untied and readers hungry for more—and perhaps not always in the best way.
However, it cannot be denied that The Naked Man is an exciting thrill of a novella. It has a unique and exhilarating plot, full of colorful characters and dangerous drama. The fast-paced excitement, shocking plot twists, and intriguing storyline keep the pages turning and interest renewed. Jill Amy Rosenblatt’s unique voice as a writer breathes life and rich detail into the story, making it even more fascinating as the plot progresses. The Fixer: The Naked Man is a fantastic start to a promising series, with a powerful cliffhanger ending that will make readers eager to get their hands on the next book.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.