Monday, July 18, 2016
Forgive Me by Joshua Corin (#2 Xanadu Marx)
What do YOU need to be forgiven for?? Someone out there may be seeking revenge...
4.0 out of 5 stars -- What do you do if you've been unjustly wronged? Why, you call the Serendipity Group and they will arrange for you to have a "meeting" where you have the chance to get your revenge. Sure, it costs a lot -- and not everyone knows about them.
But Ex-FBI Agent Xanadu Marx finds out that her name is on the "hit" list and she is determined to find out who and where. She knows when...just a couple of days. The problem is that she was fired for her alcoholism and doesn't really have the contacts and resources she needs. Fortunately, she inserts herself into the investigation and annoys the hell out of two detectives assigned to find out all they can about the Group and its customers -- as well as the intended "hits".
The premise is fun and the action is nonstop. There are some really quirky characters -- including the honeymooning couple who is caught up in the intrigue when they are offered a room upgrade at their hotel. When the real occupant and his avenger end up dead in their room, and when they accidentally see the "hit" list, they become involved in the shenanigans that follow them to Paris.
I liked Xanadu, a bit of a bully who has spent the past year attending AA meetings and romancing her live-in lover, Em. She's no nonsense but has a bad temper that got her into a lot of trouble and created a lot of people who might have decided to take revenge. This was a fast paced read that had a totally shocking ending -- and honestly, it is sort of a cliffhanger (which I don't like) but has now made me impatient for the next book. I will definitely have to go back to catch up with book one in the series. I liked the writing style too.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the e-book ARC to review.