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- File Size: 1204 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: Alibi (2 Dec. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LDQP07I
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Kill List: A Jamie Sinclair Novel Kindle Edition
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I really liked Nichole Christoff’s debut novel and the first in the Jamie Sinclair series. As a debut, it picks right up in the middle of ‘life’. From reading some of Jamie’s background with Kevin (Kev) Jaeger, FBI Special Agent, I would not have assumed this to be the first of a series. The author accomplished placing us right into the action very early on. Fort Leeds is a fictional army base located in New Jersey. The base was not unfamiliar to Jamie as she lived there as a teen when her father was Major General James Sinclair. She’s tough on herself because her father would never accept anything that wasn’t her absolute best.
There is a bit of a romance element as she and the MP, Adam Barrett, become attracted to each other. The romance is not overdone; it doesn’t compete with the main story. Basically, this is an enjoyable mystery leaving no loose ends and I look forward to more from this author, and more of Jamie Sinclair. I rated The Kill List at 4 out of 5.
This story is full of mystery and intrigue, keeping you on the edge of your seat at the twists and turns. It is excellently written with suspense, misdirection, threats and even romance! The characters are double-dealers, heroes and victims - all beautifully portrayed, warts and all. This is a story that totally engages the reader. The dynamics and relationships between the different characters, their reactions to events make this a 'must read this to the end' book, one you don't want to put down till all is resolved. I highly recommend this book - and will be looking out for other works by this author in future.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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In this book Jamie Sinclair is asked to investigate when her ex-husband's daughter is kidnapped. Despite all of the hard feelings between the two of them, Jamie drops everything to rush to the army base where he and his new family live in search of his three year old daughter. Almost instantly Jamie begins to realize that her ex-husband is hiding something and the questions don't stop there. Soon Jamie finds herself in deathly danger and is unsure who she can trust. Will she be able to find the missing girl before time runs out?
I really enjoyed this book from the very beginning. The author starts this book out with a really intense scene from a case that Jamie is finishing up and it really just takes off from there. This book was filled with suspense along with twists and turns. It was easy to see that there was something off when it came to the little girl's kidnapping but as the reader you don't know what exactly. I was left questioning everything and everyone trying to figure out for myself what could have happened to that little girl. I didn't care for Jamie's ex-husband Tim Thorp at all thanks to all of the secrets that he seems to be hiding. He comes across as quite the jerk but it was the fact that Jamie could never get him to tell the truth despite the missing girl that sealed my dislike for him. These secrets and evasions did add to the atmosphere of the story though and filled the pages with suspense.
One of my favorite parts of this book besides the mystery itself was the relationship that began to develop between Jamie and the military commander Barrett. These two worked really well together and I found it refreshing how trust came slowly between them. I am looking forward to reading future books and hopefully seeing their relationship develop even more! Another thing that really worked well for me in this book was the way the author incorporated the military into the storyline. I learned a bunch of different things in regards to everyday military life that I had never known while reading this book. The author's obvious love and respect for the armed forces was very evident within the pages of this novel. I really enjoyed all of these different aspects and felt that it added to the storyline. The mystery was also very well done with multiple angles all coming together at the end. I had guessed only one portion of it but even then the ending was able to give me a few more surprises!
Overall, I am sure that you can tell how much I enjoyed this book. The mystery was both fast-paced and intense which is definitely the mark of a good book. I'm hoping to see the romance developed more in future books and am eager to read more in this series. All very good things! I can easily recommend this book to other mystery fans! Recommended!
Bottom Line: An intense read that had me flying through the pages!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher as part of a TLC book tour. Thoughts are my own!
The thing that bothered me so much was Jamie's infertility. Not the fact that Jamie is unable to bear children. Nor that this is incredibly painful for her, because she does want children, and that it broke up her marriage, but the fact that it is used as her motivation in the cases she will or won't accept and the decisions she makes regarding her love life. And of course, the fact that her infertility has been used to make her feel a failure by some very important people in her life. She blames herself for the break-up of her marriage, because she feels it was caused by her infertility, not by the fact that her ex is a borderline abusive boor. Shouldn't Jamie, or any woman be more than her reproductive status? Perhaps this is exactly the point Christoff was trying to make, but I found myself very conflicted by the way the issue was focussed on, even if Christoff depicts Jamie's feelings and sadness very compellingly and I really felt deeply for Jamie and empathised with her.
That issue aside, I really enjoyed The Kill List. Jamie is a fun protagonist, who is very capable at her job, and is genuinely kick-ass. At the same time, she has some major issues, ones that I found interesting, even if problematic (see above) and I liked that she was forced to deal with some of them head on in this novel. Not only does she have to face the ex-husband who left her broken up, she also has to deal with the cold-hearted father, who chose his side over hers. Yet there is also some more pleasant things on the horizon for Jamie, like Lt. Col. Adam Barrett. Jamie and Barrett have amazing chemistry between her and Barrett and I really liked the way their relationship evolved. Christoff depicts them as mature, adult people, who both have a past and the accompanying baggage, yet they both recognise a good thing when they see it. I loved Barrett, I thought he was an interesting character beyond his love interest status. His past experiences, especially those while serving overseas and the events of what happened when he returned, have shaped him and not always for the better, yet he is a good man. One character I really hope we'll learn more of in future books is Jamie's assistant Matty. An army veteran, he was a fun character and I really wanted to know more about how he and Jamie got to know each other and what his story was.
Christoff's focus on PTSD and the effects tours of duty have on the military and their families was fascinating and quite heartbreaking. We often learn about the times when it goes wrong explosively, but we rarely learn about the cases where people really struggle with PTSD, are hurt by it, but find a way through together, perhaps not always to a happily ever after, but at least to a semi-normal life. Another aspect she highlights is that of those who are left behind briefing when a soldier loses their life on the battle field, their anger and grief, and their need to know why and whether their loved one's death had meaning. I can't even imagine what it must be like to lose someone that way, but I think Christoff conveyed the emotions well.
The Kill List's plot was interesting. There were in fact not one case but three and they all connect in unexpected ways. There were some tightly knotted twists in the story and while one character didn't surprise me with his duplicity, the way he was connected to the case was very, very surprising. I also liked how Jamie's prejudices and memories of both her ex and the base where she grew up, colour her judgement and serve both as a help and a hindrance in the investigation.
I really had a good time with The Kill List and I am very much looking forward to the second Jamie Sinclair book. I can't wait to discover how things develop between Jamie and Barrett. If you like your mystery sautéed with a good helping of romance, The Kill List is definitely one to check out.
This book was provided for review by the publisher as part of a blog tour.
As soon as this situation seems to have resolved itself she is called by her former husband, an Army Colonel whose daughter has been kidnapped. Jaime will rush to the Army base to help in the process of finding the little girl. She will come in contact with a former friend, FBI agent Kev Jaeger. She will also meet a new friend, Lt. Colonel Adam Barrett who happens to be the head of the MP's at Leeds Army Base.
Together with Lt. Colonel Barrett Ms. Sinclair will help to uncover several different illegal situations as well as find our what happened to Little Brooke, the three year old diabetic who was kidnapped. And, if that is not enough she will face the issue of developing feelings for Lt. Colonel Barrett.
But she and Lt. Colonel Barrett have past life issues that will make it impossible for them to develop a relationship, unless of course they can each come to the point of revealing past hurts and seeking the healing that they need.
The story is well written. The characters are developed in an amazing way for such a short book. There are plenty of plot twists and yet the whole thing is very realistic and believable. I love the way that Christoff develop's her story and ties several issues together from stalking to PTSD to illegal activity and kidnapping to family bullying and abuse issues. There are many talking points for this book and they are all easy to get into.
I enjoyed the book tremendously and would love for friends to read it so that we could sit down in a book club and dialogue about all the different issues that are raised.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The premise and plot of the book are pretty good but the execution is weak. As I look through my reading notes I see lots of too easy coincidences, sexy clothes worn in inappropriate settings, unlikely deviations from military protocol, a military base that is fenced only on three sides, and a killer who is instantly recognizable. (As a matter of fact, the killer is so obvious that I actually questioned how someone so obvious could be anything other than a red herring. Alas, no.) Jamie's father talks like an automaton. Ms Christoff confuses Helmand with Kandahar. And how does Jamie buy an air ticket for less than $200?
I received a review copy of "The Kill List: A Jamie Sinclair Novel" by Nichole Christoff (Random House - Alibi) through NetGalley.com.
She returns to Fort Leeds, where she lived as a child, to begin her search. Working together with the military police, and the FBI, she is determined to find the child before it is too late. But while she is trying to save the child, someone begins stalker her. Now she not only has to be concerned for the child’s safety but also her own.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Jamie is a strong determined woman who is good at what she does. But we get to see a softer side of her with her concern over the little girl. And we get the idea that she has self doubts and sometimes wonders if she is good enough. These things make her seem even more human. The three men in her live add a lot to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating tension and suspense with just the written word. There are so many twists and turns that I was unable to solve the mystery on my own.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery suspense thriller. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I already have the next book in my to-be-read pile. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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