In this week’s blog I’m going to review a book I finished a couple of days ago, Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong.

Kelley Armstrong is better known for her paranormal books and series (including the Women from the Otherworld Series), but Exit Strategy is about a hitman…well, actually a few hitmen, a couple of hitwomen and a serial killer.

The main character, Nadia Stafford, is an ex-cop turned hitwoman/vigilante. Of course, being a hitwoman isn’t a position of natural reader empathy or identification (I’m assuming anyone reading this isn’t a hitman/hitwoman)! Armstrong counteracts this with Nadia’s difficult childhood, time in law enforcement and the fact that she only accepts jobs in which a bad guy is the target.

I enjoyed the book and it certainly kept me reading, especially the last 100 pages or so when I could feel the tension rising and the resolution just a heartbeat – or a 100 pages – away. However, I found myself caught up and annoyed by the dialogue, which included lots of unnecessary question marks and full stops. I’m not normally a stickler for this type of thing, but about half way through the book it started to annoy me. A section of dialogue might say ‘Hurt? Maybe. Figured it out? Yes.’ While this may work well if used sparingly, this style of dialogue was throughout the book, including lots of question marks where it wasn’t a question at all.

Despite this, it was a very good read and I love the concept in general – someone in law enforcement who couldn’t take the injustice of the justice system any more.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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