Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: The Fixer: A Justice Novel by T. E. Woods

The Fixer: A Justice Novel
By T. E. Woods
Publisher: Alibi
Published: Feb. 4, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She’s the person you hire when you need something fixed—permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it’s clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible—and quite deadly. . . .

In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the 
psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police . . . but it might be too late.

In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father’s expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer—only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.

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My Thoughts:

The Fixer was an psychological thriller! It was a little confusing at first because there were quite a few scenes about different people that were about different people that weren’t connected. Then the author started to connect them and the fascination began.

T.E. Woods has an amazing ability to tell a story. The reader feels like he/she is right there with the characters. The characters are your friends and you empathize with them.

I really enjoyed the connections between characters in this book that are discovered along the way. Even the characters don’t know their connections with each other necessarily until the author reveals them.

T.E. Woods is a master manipulator as well. I thought I had figured out who was behind things, and then discovered that I even had the wrong person as The Fixer, never mind the Mastermind or the motive.

I sort of had a love/hate relationship with The Fixer. I really liked that The Fixer had such a well-developed sense of justice, and wouldn’t just take any case, only those where the law was not providing the necessary justice. In fact, in once case she turned the guy who wanted to hire her into the police as he wanted a revenge killing. I didn’t like the fact that she was killing people at all. Once I figured out who The Fixer really was, I liked her very much as a regular person and felt we could have even been friends.

The characters were wonderfully developed. Believable, lovable; I wanted to reach out and comfort those that were hurting and put those that were hurting others behind bars. I could understand why The Fixer became who she became, (not that I condoned it) and I even understood why Mort did what he did (I won’t say more lest I spoil it for you). I’d like to know what happened to them after the book ended.

I would easily read this book again. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this book is a must-read! I gave The Fixer 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publisher, Alibi, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Teri Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her First Place, Fiction at the 2008 University of Wisconsin Writer’s Institute.

Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.

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1 comment :

  1. This is a very nice review, and the book seems interesting to read.