My Rating: 4/5 stars (I really liked it!)
I received a free copy of this work from the author in exchange for a review. This had no influence on my opinion of the novel.
In her sixties, Claudia Barry enjoys painting, walks on the beach, and relaxing holidays. She has a Master’s degree in group dynamics that she puts to good use. She appreciates and trusts two men in her life: one a confidante, the other her lover. Both have secrets of which she is unaware. Claudia has secrets of her own, however: she’s worked as a sniper for a mysterious organization for 40 years. A sharpshooter whose targets are ruthless criminals, Claudia fits neither the profile of vigilante or serial killer, and yet she is both. A master of disguise, she uses her knowledge of group dynamics to assassinate her targets while remaining undetected.
Claudia attributes her ability to stay in the field longer than most–and with more kills–to her ability to compartmentalize the varied aspects of her life, personality, relationships, and activities. What, however, will be the cost of keeping the different parts of herself so tightly closed off from each other? In this, the first novel of a series, she resists self-examination, regarding herself with self-effacing humor rather than facing the questions that won’t go away. Can her barriers remain impregnable?
Claudia is the best in her field, but when the man she loves is hired to protect the adversary of her target, things go awry for the first time. The author leaves the reader wondering: will Claudia finally examine her life?
The Tourist Killer is both a thriller and an analysis of character. Filled with intrigue and action, it also raises questions about gender stereotypes and psychological profiles. I liked it enough that I bought the second book in the series!
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