The Fixer: The Naked Man – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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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.

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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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