Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Fixer (The Fixer, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 7th July 2015)
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TRIGGER WARNINGS: Domestic violence, hostage situation.
This year I’d only read five five-star-worthy books, and none of them were published in 2015. That’s kind of a downer.
But along came Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Fixer, which has given me my very first five-star novel published in 2015, with only a couple of weeks to spare. But despite its high quality, it only seems to have been published in the US and the Netherlands. Very disappointing that a UK/Australian publisher hasn’t yet picked up the rights.
The longer you read The Fixer, the better it gets – more complex, more emotional, and with higher stakes. The themes of family and sacrifice are clear, whilst the biggest mystery of all seems to be how the author managed to write a story about politics without the story actually featuring politics. (I’m serious: there’s no mention of who’s Democrat, who’s Republican, or any bills, legislation, or policies. Pretty much just power games.)
In addition, The Fixer is somewhat of a rarity in that there’s no romance for the heroine, and she doesn’t lust after anyone. That doesn’t automatically make her asexual, but either way it’s refreshing. (If you choose to ship, I’d prefer Tess/Henry rather than Tess/Asher.)
The Fixer is a triumph with perfect pacing, intriguing interpersonal relationships, and a complicated mystery. Jennifer Lynn Barnes gets better with each book, which means The Long Game can’t come soon enough.