Book Review – The Kill Shot by Nichole Christoff

The Kill ShotThe Kill Shot
Nichole Christoff
File Size: 1252 KB
Print Length: 289 pages
Publisher: Alibi (March 17, 2015)
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English


BOOK BLURB: Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means slamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police officer Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.

Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saves her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now.

REVIEW: Jamie Sinclair is a terrific addition to the tough women crime fighters that have become so popular in recent years. She has a soft side, too, and that makes her even more likeable. This is the second book in the series that started with The Kill List and introduced Jamie and Barrett. While I found their relationship interesting, I had trouble with Jamie’s push/pull between Barrett and her old friend, Philip. Maybe I’m just too old fashioned, but I don’t get that duo interest whether from a female character or a male character.

The action in the story is done well, as is the pacing that keeps things rolling. It was great to see that Jamie could get herself out of situations and did not have to rely on a man to rescue her, although it was good that Barrett was there in Covent Garden when things got out of hand.

While so much of the story was spot on and the writing so engaging, I did question some of the “trade craft” that didn’t seem quite right. Still, I was able to overlook that and go along for the ride.

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