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January 5, 2012

Phenomenal: Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman

Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn
ARC from Edelwiess
Published January 2012 by Avon Impulse
ISBN 9780062134662
Read December 2011
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

Over the summer I was introduced to a new author when I read The First Victim. I truly enjoyed this fantastic thriller and sought out the author, J. B. Lynn. She was kind enough to write a guest post for my blog. Since then we have kept up on Twitter (@JB_Lynn_author). So when she emailed me at the beginning of December about her upcoming novel, Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, I did a little happy dance. And, oh my, how happy I was to have this book to read over my Christmas holidays. It was exactly the type of escapism you need on a vacation. It took me a day and a half to finish it (it would have only taken a day had I been able to stay up later, but alas I had family obligations).

I was only about a third of the way through the story when I shed my first tears. And I don't mean my eyes misted. I had big crocodile tears trickling past my nose. But those tears turned into giggles a few pages later. (I think the traffic stop may be my favorite scene. It was just perfect). I'm so glad I live alone so I don't have to stifle my laughs, but can freely laugh out loud. And just as I had more tears, I had many more laughs. It was a great combination of humor and heartbreak. I don't remember there being as much humor in The First Victim so it was great to see an additional talent.

I really liked the main character, Maggie. In a lot of ways I felt that I could emotionally relate to her. I think one of the reason why this was such a great escape/vacation read was the surrealism that the character of Godzilla (who likes to be called God) added to the story. When I started the story I wasn't sure if this was just some dream or fantasy or if it was suppose to be real, but it really helped me to forget the real world for a while and just enjoy the story. I expect that to happen when I read fantasy or fluffy romance, but not something that usually happens for me with suspense and thrillers. And there are definitely suspenseful moments. If you follow me on Goodreads you'll see about the last fifth of the book had me on the edge of my seat. At 86% I had an uneasy feeling - things tended to not work out quite right for Maggie and the deal she made could had been her costliest. At 88% my only thought was OH, NO! J. B. happened to be on Twitter when that came through and she told me I was killing her. I thought it was an apropos statement.

I really enjoyed her debut novel The First Victim and was even more impressed with Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman. While I only gave The First Victim 4 STARS because of a little plot issue I had with it (you can read my review here to see what it was), I had no qualms about assigning 5 STARS to Confessions as it was a phenomenal read. You might be wondering why I have waited so long to tell you about it (though if you follow me on Twitter you've seen me talking about it). It's not available, yet. However, you only have to wait a few more weeks. You can get your copy of Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn on January 24. Since you don't want to miss out on what will be one of the best reads of 2012, you can pre-order it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

So your assignment is to pre-order Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, read The First Victim
to pass the time, and then come back here January 27 when J. B. Lynn will be sharing a bit more insight in a guest post.

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