I’ll probably never see my daughter again. And if I do, she’ll either be dead or in a jail cell.
Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant cannot reconcile the memories of his vibrant, headstrong young daughter with the cold, deadly woman she has become. The head of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, Allie Grant seized power by wrenching it away from her lover, a notorious Russian gangster. How she maintains her control, Mort doesn’t even want to imagine.
Only two other people know the truth about Allie: the vigilante known as The Fixer, and Mort’s best friend, Larry, who’s undergoing a crisis of his own. Someone close to Larry, his last real connection to his beloved late wife, has been slain in a mass murder at a sweat lodge deep in the woods of Washington State. When word gets out, Mort immediately takes on the gruesome case.
But as Mort hunts down a pair of methodical killers, The Fixer does some deep digging of her own. And what she unearths will rock Mort’s family forever. Because The Fixer has set her sights on Allie Grant—and nothing will ever be the same again.
What I liked: I'm going to gush a bit here. From the very first book, The Fixer, to the story in Fixed in Fear, Ms Woods has not only grown in keeping my attention but has me wondering long after finishing a book, what in the world is going to happen next.
When the author added a key character to the mix, she changed up this series from a good suspense novel to an outstanding thriller. I'm looking forward to a head to head meeting between Lydia, The Fixer, and Mort's headstrong, psychopathic daughter, Allie. My gosh, these two women are unbelievably well written. The thing is neither is totally blameless in what's going on around them but it's how they are handling not just their past but how they'll effect their future that completely drew me in. Have I got your attention?
There are usually two stories working side by side in one of Ms Woods' books. A story dealing with Lydia and what exactly is going on with her and a murder mystery starring Mort and his crew. This time it's a bit more personal for Mort as his very best friend, Larry, has asked for his help in solving a brutal murder in a sweat lodge.
Each character in this series has been developed way beyond my expectations. Each book reveals just a bit more to the canvas of each individual. In Fixed in Fear, we learn more about Larry's back story and also get a good dose of Mort's son, Robbie and his family. I have to say the twins, Hayden and Hadley were intriguing. Their personalities did and will play a major factor in the future books of this series, in my opinion.
Ms Woods writes an excellent psychopath in Allie. The first couple of books, I didn't know what to think but at the end of the previous one, Fixed in Blood, I had almost no illusions left about her and her actions. Seeing the different way she is looked at by Mort and then from Lydia's point of view is .... addicting!
What I didn't like: This is not so much what I didn’t like as what I feel some readers might not like. Ms Woods doesn't always spell things out. She leaves some of the information you may want to know to your imagination. For example, some things Larry discovers about his murdered wife, Helen, are just inferred and not actually painted into a picture. The reader needs to use their knowledge from reading the story to fill in any blanks. I enjoyed that, but some readers might not.
I couldn't put this book down. Thanks goodness for the time change as I gained an hour of reading!!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Highly Recommended BUT please start at the beginning of this series!!