Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means slamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police officer Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.
Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saves her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now.
What I didn't like: The purpose of the suspense novel to me is it keeps the reader guessing and Kill Shot fell somewhat short in that area. I'm not sure what Ms Christoff had in mind but it was almost as if she had a secret and couldn't keep it. The subtle clues about the antagonist were not subtle. I felt like I was being hit over the head with clues that said, "look at me, look at me".
The synopsis indicates the heroine, Jamie Sinclair, is security specialist but again, this character seemed almost inept. She seems to be always reacting and not planning things out. She trusted people when she definitely shouldn't and didn't seem to be security conscious at all. I didn't find her to have any unique skills at all.
I couldn't connect with any of the characters except one. Jamie's father came across more as a bully than a father. (My Dad spent a career in the military and the way the Senator is written just doesn't ring true).
What I liked: The one character I liked and felt connected to is Jamie's maybe love interest, Adam Barrett. He was extremely capable and knew what he was doing. He wasn't necessarily reacting to the situations the group found themselves involved in. He planned and was more than a good judge of character.
I know it sounds like I didn't enjoy Kill Shot but it did have some good parts. The author has an easy to read writing style. Her worldbuilding seems to be on point and characters are almost interesting. There were a couple of twists with one character that I didn't exactly see coming. This is the second book in the series and I didn't read the first, so maybe I missed something.
While not a huge fan of this book, I might try something else by Ms Christoff down the road. I would recommend Kill Shot to readers who just might be dipping their toes into suspense/thriller novels. A veteran reader of those genres might not enjoy it very much.