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On Long Island, the playground of New York’s wealthy and privileged, Charlie Fox is tasked with protecting the wayward daughter of rich businesswoman Caroline Willner. It seems that an alarming number of the girl’s circle of friends have been through kidnap ordeals, and Charlie quickly discovers that the girl herself, Dina, is fascinated by the clique formed by these formeOn Long Island, the playground of New York’s wealthy and privileged, Charlie Fox is tasked with protecting the wayward daughter of rich businesswoman Caroline Willner. It seems that an alarming number of the girl’s circle of friends have been through kidnap ordeals, and Charlie quickly discovers that the girl herself, Dina, is fascinated by the clique formed by these former victims.Charlie worries that Dina's thrill-seeking tendencies will put both of them in real danger. But just as her worst fears are realized, Charlie receives devastating personal news. The man who put her partner Sean Meyer in his coma is on the loose.She is faced with the choice between her loyalties to her client and avenging Sean, but the two goals are soon inextricably linked. The decisions Charlie makes now, and the path she chooses to follow, will have far-reaching consequences....

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ISBN : 9780749009328
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Number of Pages : 447 Pages
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Fifth Victim Reviews

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2018-11-15 05:50

    At the end of the last book, I think most readers and fans were in shock (me included) as Charlie’s partner was shot and left for dead and who knew what would happen. What actually happened is worse than I expected as Sean now lays critically ill in a coma, unresponsive and looking like no change will happen anytime soon. With Sean critically ill Charlie finds solace in her work as she takes her latest assignment to protect Dina the daughter of a wealth investment banker named Caroline Willner.Charlie immerses herself in the job as she struggles to accept the fact that Sean’s condition is out of her hands. Although Charlie can adept to many situations she hadn’t banked on being drawn into a world where twenty something Dina runs with the wealth party crowd. Thankfully Dina has a softer side and we see Charlie work her magic and start to understand Dina a little more whilst making her safety her number on priority. It becomes clear early on that the kidnapping threat is a real one to the wealthy crowd and before long Charlie starts to uncover that some other of Dina’s friends had recently been kidnapped and lived to tell the tale. As she gets to know more of Dina’s friends it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems on the surface.The storyline was a good one but seeing Charlie interact with her boss Parker and her personal struggle with her emotions over Sean was the real hook for me in this book. Parker is a great character and frankly I wondered whether the outcome of this book may be slightly different with regards to him (damn you Zoe Sharp)! Zoe Sharp doing what she does best meant the ending of this book leaves an “OH NO… what now” kind of moment. Of course, that equates in the real world to me just moving straight on to book 10 in the series (there are SOME benefits to being slightly behind with a series after all) and not having to wait for the next release.I literally turned the last page and am now nearly done with book 10 and about to go on to book 11 which is a Novella. I can’t quite explain why I love this series so much but I truly do. I think this along with the Ryan Lock Series by Sean Black are my two favorite long standing series. Zoe Sharp also doesn’t like to do what readers expect which I love. Forget assumption with this author, she won’t necessarily go for the happy ending that’s for sure. What I can tell you is that this series is gripping, with characters I love and I would hugely recommend it to anyone.

  • Elizabeth A.
    2018-11-24 03:22

    Even though she’s extremely good at it, close-protection specialist (that’s bodyguard to you and me) and ex-special forces soldier Charlie Fox nevertheless has a bit more fighting experience than she’d prefer. This is especially true following the disastrous results of her last job, in Barry Award finalist for Best British crime novel Fourth Day, the repercussions from which she is still sorting through.There’s no rest for the highly skilled and in-demand, however, and Fifth Victim once again finds Charlie in the thick of things on assignment. At least this time the surroundings are a little nicer, as Charlie is hired by wealthy investment banker Caroline Willner to guard her twenty-year-old daughter, Dina.Seems there have been three kidnappings amongst the über-rich Long Island crowd, and even though each victim was returned when their families paid the ransom the kidnappings have become increasingly violent with each subsequent event.Keeping a headstrong twenty-year-old safe would be a challenge under any circumstances, but it borders on an outright nightmare when that twenty-year-old runs with a crowd that has access to fast cars, limousines, fancy yachts, Lear jets, thoroughbred horses and pretty much anything else their hearts desire… and they’re used to getting their way. And far from being scared at the prospect of being kidnapped, Dina and her friends, including the three who were already taken, seem to actually be getting a perverse thrill out of the events, a development which both bothers Charlie and sets her radar on high alert. What exactly is going on in The Hamptons?Author Zoë Sharp has never had a problem tossing Charlie off the deep end into action, and Fifth Victim is no different. Kidnappings – both successful and not – car chases, hand-to-hand combat, a motorcycle wreck, double-crosses, bribes, murder, and gunplay all make appearances before all’s said and done. What’s always set Charlie apart from the typical action/thriller protagonist, however, is the depth of her self-reflection; Sharp has not merely created a female Rambo, but has shown Charlie to be a truly complex person who has not only been shaped by the events of her past, but who continues to evolve in response to the circumstances life throws at her, and does so with both biting humor as well as grace… and often under fire.Very reader friendly, Sharp writes the series in such a manner that the plot of each book is self-contained and each can be read as a standalone, but at the same time there is an undeniable – and very satisfying – overall arc to Charlie’s personal development that runs through the books for those who do read them in order. So whether you want to jump in with the most recent release or go back and start at the beginning, I highly encourage you to get acquainted with Charlie Fox. She may have a bit of hard bark on the outside, and she’s earned it, but once you get to know her you’ll understand why those of us who love the series are such relentless champions of both Charlie and her creator.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-11-21 05:21

    This is the first Zoe Sharp book I've read and the first Charlie Fox book I've read... pretty good.I generally like the idea of body guard characters and once this one got started it was fairly interesting.Again as I've said before I think you'll spot a lot of what's behind this book. I was drawn in and yet repelled. The book, the plot was good...some of the characters however ticked me off royally.The story does have a strong (and for me annoying) strain of romance. I could have lived without that. That part of the story brought about a certain amount of yawning.That said this is a nice thriller. I think most will enjoy it.

  • Lizzie Hayes
    2018-11-18 04:24

    ‘Fifth Victim’ by Zoe SharpPublished by Allison & Busby, March 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7490-0932-8With her partner Sean Myer lying in a coma, ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox takes a job as a bodyguard in Long Island, protecting the young daughter of an Investment banker, following a spate of kidnapping amongst the wealthy Long Island set. Whilst Charlie takes to her employer, the formidable Caroline Willner, the daughter Dina is a rebellious teenager who insists she doesn't need a bodyguard.As Charlie accompanies Dina to various parties she meets three of the kidnap victims, all in Dina's set. All eventually returned home safely after a ransom was paid. They seem unfazed by their ordeal, and Charlie begins to suspect that what initially looked to be a straightforward job could have complications. For Charlie's instincts are telling her that not all the people she meets are what they seem. Could someone in this rich and privileged set be involved?Charlie is a marvelous heroine, with a flawed past. Interestingly Parker Armstrong comes more into focus in this book than in the earlier ones, which had me speculating! As ever the writing is good and the characters well drawn. The book moves at a cracking pace towards a surprise ending with a jaw-dropping twist that has me eager for the next book. Not to be missed,------Lizzie HayesEarlier books in the series are, Killer Instinct, Riot Act, Hard Knocks, First Drop, Road Kill, Second Shot, Third Strike and Fourth Day

  • Harry
    2018-12-06 06:34

    Being interested in reading series mystery/detectives I ran across Zoe Sharp during my aimless wandering through book worlds online. I admit, reading the reviews I was skeptical as to whether or not I'd like this book for the simple reason that I'm interested in a particular type of hero (principled but tempted by physical violence, alone in the world by choice but always tempted to abandon this lifestyle). Female main characters usually do not fit this model if my previous reads are any indication. And so I considered that books written from the viewpoint of Charlie Fox, a female protagonist, might or might not interest me. Having said that, the character of Sean Meyer did interest me. And so I dove into the Charlie Fox mystery/thrillers.Ms. Sharp did a nice job of incorporating my particular interest, not just in the character of Sean Meyer, but also in the female protagonist. Charlie Fox is in the business of security, protection, and self-defense. That too went a long way into my choosing to read this series. Constantly weighing her principles against Sean Meyer vs. the various antagonist you will encounter in this series, Charlie Fox comes across has both hard boiled and vulnerable, hero and unwilling victim, intelligent and driven by desire.As with all series books, read them in order! And if you've read this review of Charlie Fox than you've read them all. Ms. Sharp remains consistent in terms of interesting plots, depth of character to warrant a blanket review of the entire series.

  • Harvey
    2018-11-18 07:23

    3.5The best so far in this "thriller" series featuring Charlie Fox. Sharp has made Charlie a much more fully realized and mature character at this stage which makes a more enjoyable read (versus all "action").Charlie is an ex-Special Forces who works as a "close protection" bodyguard. In this case she is assigned to protect a spoiled rich brat 20-something amidst a string of kidnappings of spoiled rich brats in The Hamptons.Naturally, she is called on to protect her charge, but ultimately to unravel the kidnapping plot. Lots of action, but not over the top.Part of what makes her more mature/fully realized is that her partner/lover Sean is in a coma (stemming from their previous adventure). She is out on her own and handles herself well.Points off for the ending which seems tacked on and clumsily attempts to sew up extraneous threads.This can easily be read as a standalone.Sharp continues to improve/mature as a writer and I'll continue to pick up her offerings.

  • Gary Van Cott
    2018-12-04 06:40

    3.5 stars. This was a free library kindle book and I didn't have anything else on hand to read. I prefer to start series at the beginning.WHAT I LIKED: The characters and the way the author has a little cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. Also, it was different as most of the books I read are police procedurals. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I don't like first person. I think it makes books too wordy and slows down the action and for whatever reason I thought it it happened in this book. At about 75 percent of the way through the book the author suddenly mentions a villain from a previous book and after the main case is wound up he becomes the focus of most of the final pages. I think the purpose of this was to create a cliff hanger at the end of the book. Completely unnecessary in my opinion. Perhaps the author is overfond of cliff hangers.

  • Skip
    2018-11-14 02:22

    Charlie is deeply depressed as her partner Sean remains in a coma from a near-fatal head shot. Her boss Parker asks her to become a bodyguard to the daughter of a wealthy Hampton's socialite after a series of unreported kidnappings/ransoms. Things quickly turn deadly as the wealthiest ends up dead. Charlie is able to detect that the victims are not so innocent, but her charge (Dina) is grabbed and Charlie races against the clock to save her life. End of the book has a couple of surprises, relating back to the prior book, Fourth Day.

  • J.F. Penn
    2018-11-29 01:34

    Charlie Fox is a close protection bodyguard and in this book, she's called in to protect a rich heiress in a community of the super-wealthy. Young people are being kidnapped, held for ransom and in some cases tortured, and Charlie's aim is to prevent Dina being taken. But when one of kidnappings go too far, the stakes are suddenly much higher than before. Written in first person, you feel like you're there with Charlie, her sense of humour is dry and she's totally kick-ass, but not reckless, which I love in a heroine. The Charlie Fox series is fantastic.

  • Gloria
    2018-11-18 05:29

    I don't know how I've missed seeing this author for the last ten years, but this is a great series. This is the 9th and most recent book. Strong female protagonist, lots of romance suggestiveness but never really goes there, sharp plot twists and definite suspense. All good. No sex; violent, but not graphically so.

  • Cathleen
    2018-12-03 03:32

    Sharp once again proves herself my absolute favorite adrenaline author. Focused storytelling, fascinating heroine, keen dialogue, and an overall thrilling ride.

  • Jennifer S
    2018-11-12 03:46

    Lots of action in this latest Charlie Fox book. Like Charlie, though I was a little irritated with how often her boss had to come consult on developments. When's the next one due out?

  • Crystal
    2018-11-26 03:47

    Seeing as I just got this paperback from a bundle of books I got for $1, it was definitely easy to get sunk into the Fox timeline from the quick explanation of the previous novel. The main plot of the story was definitely an interesting one. Rich kids paying to get a thrill that goes too far by getting caught up with a con man. Even after the main story is wrapped up, the main character story continues with where the main focus was put on pause to catch the killer, the ending wants me to find the next novel and get sucked in again. Charlie is an interesting lead, to say the least. She wasn't flat or dull, and I could see the main conflict of the book for Charlie is dealing with sexism in her line of work, which is hard for anyone nowadays, so she is related to some women in the workforce when she explains that she was assaulted on the job and got victimized for it. A nice gem to find at a second-hand price.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-14 06:45

    Charlie Fox is back to be being a close protection specialist in this novel--to a rich young lady who is danger of being kidnapped, since other young adults of moneyed background have been taken lately in her neighborhood. Charlie is distracted because her boyfriend Sean isn't in the picture (no spoilers here), but she manages, of course, to take care of the problems. Good lead-in to the next book though--off to request it through interlibrary loan now!

  • Leah
    2018-11-15 02:47

    Too much inner-dialogue stops the plot momentum.

  • Kelli
    2018-12-11 03:48

    Story: B+Narration: B-When Parker Armstrong, head of the Armstrong Meyer close protection agency, is hired by Caroline Willner to provide bodyguard service for her daughter Dina, he assigns the job to Charlotte “Charlie” Fox. Charlie is English and ex-army and after her life was turned upside down and she was court-martialed she parlayed her uncanny marksmanship, hand-to-hand skills, and ability to react instinctively to a threat into a job as a bodyguard with help from her lover Sean Meyer. With Sean out of commission after events that took place in Fourth Day, Charlie is working solo guarding Dina as she flits among the other young people who exist in a bubble of unimaginable wealth on Long Island. Three recent kidnappings have everyone on edge and while Charlie’s job may be prevention, an attack on her principal followed by an attempt on her own life sends her on a desperate race to track and stop the kidnappers.Zoë Sharp’s books all seem to follow a pattern in terms of how involved I become in them. For the first half, I find myself enjoying the story and interested in the set-up but at somewhere around 50% a switch always seems to get flipped and I enter “go-away-I-don’t-care-if-the-house-is-on-fire / sleep-who-needs-sleep?” territory. This book was no exception and probably qualifies as my favorite in the series. It works as a stand-alone but Charlie has a lot of baggage she’s worked through and has a well-written character arc so I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series if possible. As Charlie follows Dina on her usual circuit of parties and horse-back riding, the two establish an accord. In many ways, Dina is a young woman that reminds Charlie of what her life might have been like if she hadn't set her sights on joining the army. While I wouldn’t call her feelings toward Dina maternal, in her usual practical manner she tries to guide/advise Dina on a personal level in addition to being on hand to foil an attempted kidnapping. The supporting characters are multi-dimensional, the “whodunit” is somewhat twisty, and the three plot lines (the close protection gig, Charlie’s relationship with Sean, and tying up some loose ends from the previous book) are adroitly woven into a cohesive tale with an ending that wrapped up the main story-line but left me wondering “what happens next!?” The action scenes are tightly paced and realistic (it’s refreshing to hear the terms magazine and round instead of clip and bullet) and the interaction between Parker and Charlie adds a nice bit of tension.There were two aspects to the narration that I found challenging. In the “it’s not you, it’s me” category is the fact that when a narrator has a very distinctive voice/tone/vocal flutter, I have a difficult time sinking into the narration. I was also distracted by the English and New York accents, in part because up until this installment I’ve read hard-copy and had already created a voice for Charlie in my head and I struggled to reconcile my mental version of Charlie’s Cheshire accent with Justine Eyre’s interpretation. I did, however, reach a point in the narration where my buying into the accents or not became a moot point because what I was sold on was Justine Eyre’s ability to voice the core aspects of Charlie’s personality. Each character was given a unique voice and the pacing of the narration was excellent, particularly during action sequences.This was a well-paced story with excellent action sequences and well-crafted characters who capture the reader’s interest. The narration is good although I suggest listening to a sample to ensure compatibility with your individual preferences.

  • Gloria Feit
    2018-12-07 01:35

    Charlie Fox [nee Charlotte Foxcroft] is a “take no prisoners” kinda gal. Now nearing thirty, she takes on a new assignment for her company, Armstrong-Meyer, a "close-protection" [read "bodyguard"] organization: to protect a young woman from kidnapping. The preemptive action by the girl’s mother is due to the fact that three of her friends have been kidnapped, a fourth is abducted in the early pages of the book, and the fear is that she will become the titular fifth victim. The families of all those involved are for the most part obscenely wealthy, with the requisite enormous homes [or, more accurately, estates] outside Southampton, up towards the eastern end of Long Island, multiple sports cars, private jets, yachts, etc.; the payment of ransom has not always ensured the safe return of the victim.Charlie needs the distraction of this assignment, inasmuch her lover and ‘soulmate,’ Sean Meyer, lies in a coma, his prognosis uncertain, following the events that ended the last book in the series, “Fourth Day,” a near-fatal shooting three months prior.The author’s background – thoroughly familiar with rifles and for that matter every type of gun imaginable, equally at home flying a helicopter and light aircraft as on the back of a horse and piloting a yacht – uniquely qualifies her to create a protagonist capable of getting into, and out of, one very challenging situation after another, and providing the reader with an exciting, eminently readable thriller along the way. The tension of the situation confronting Charlie in this entry, with Sean’s life, or death, an uncertain constant, only adds to the suspense inherent in this well-written novel.Recommended.

  • Ed
    2018-12-12 08:22

    #9 in the Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series. Her lover Sean Meyer is in a coma as a result of a bullet to the head, suffered as a result of the Fourth Day (2010) cult case. Charlie caught the shooter and turned him over to the feds, but agent Epps releases him to infiltrate other cults. Now he's in the wind. Meanwhile she is working to prevent a kidnapping on Long Island and becoming aware that boss Parker is attracted to her."Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series - Charlie Fox must choose between her duty to her client and her desire to avenge her lover’s attacker.With the life of her lover, Sean, still hanging in the balance, former Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, throws herself into her only means of escape—her work. On Long Island, the playground of New York’s wealthy and privileged, she is tasked with protecting the wayward daughter of rich businesswoman, Caroline Willner. It seems that an alarming number of the girl’s circle of friends have been through kidnap ordeals, and Charlie quickly discovers that the girl herself, Dina, is fascinated by the clique formed by these former victims. Is that why she seems to be going out of her way to invite capture? But just as her worst fears are realized, Charlie receives devastating personal news. The man who put Sean in his coma is on the loose. She is faced with the choice between her loyalties to her client and avenging Sean."

  • Hobart
    2018-12-08 08:48

    Zoë Sharp gets better and better every time.Reeling from the events of Fourth Day, Charlie Fox is tasked with preventing the kidnapping of a young socialite. Recently, a few of her peers had been kidnapped and tortured, and the client wants to prevent that from happening to her daughter. Drama ensues pretty much the way you'd expect it to in this kind of novel.There's an character development and a greater emotional depth than you'd find in a Jack Reacher novel (the only thing I can think of to compare these to), but the action is just as gripping, the chase scenes as riveting, and the plot as (if not more) complex than you'd find there. Best use of a horse I can think of in recent memory.To get the full story, it'd be best to have read the series at least from First Drop--but this book would be a great way to meed Charlie for the first time.Minor quibble: I'm so over the little device of starting the novel with a tense moment from about the middle of the novel, getting to a cliff-hanger and then jumping back to the beginning. I get that it's Sharp's schtick, but...ugh.

  • K, Nz
    2018-11-20 07:24

    I was hooked right from the first chapter. My initial read in March this year was to find out what happened to Sean - a slower re-reading a couple of weeks ago meant a much richer experience, especially after reading 'Postcards From Another Country' in 'Fox Five'. The author website has the story synopsis and interesting background http://zoesharp.com/fvukhome.htmso I won't go into more detail here.I enjoy this series so much, and 'Fifth Victim' is such a satisfying book. I love seeing different sides to Charlie, and appreciating the ways she chooses to deal with a gamut of situations from merely awkward to downright dangerous, especially with her wry humour.Wanting to know how the story plays out also made it very hard to put down. It might sound like the plot is secondary to the characters for me - in some ways yes, though if the storyline was less than engaging, I wouldn't be interested enough to keep reading. Why do I like these books? There's a depth and detail to Charlie that I've found is less focused on in some other 'heroes/heroines with wounds' fighting for justice. I like the occasional plot surprises, the unexpected, and the feeling on finishing of 'yes, I enjoyed that....... now, what (on earth) happens next?'.

  • zoomball
    2018-11-15 06:36

    I listened to the audio version and feel it was well done. I've not read any others in the series and am not sure whether or not I will pursue others. The story was good. One element that I could not wrap my head around, though, was the guilt that the protagonist voiced in so many circumstances. I don't know if this would have been as obvious when experienced in the text version. You know the narrator is good when the really irritating aspects of characters get to you. There is no backstory that Charlie is Catholic or Jewish (that's supposed to be a joke) so what is with all the guilt in this character that is otherwise a strong competent female? My reason for not pursuing more in this series is the melodramatic thread that ties the series together. It is ridiculous and seriously detracts from an otherwise nicely done bad guys/good guys story.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-06 04:42

    I am disappointed that I couldn't find this book or the one before it on Amazon in electronic format. Consequently I borrowed this book in paper format but still haven't read the previous one. So, I've missed a bit of the lead-up into this book although it's not completely necessary for figuring out what is going on. it was interesting to get to know Parker's character a bit in this story and I like that a few other characters keep popping up every now and again (like Joe). Charlie was great, as always and I thought the emotional end of things was well written. There didn't seem to be quite as much action in this one but there was good pacing nonetheless. I sincerely hope the author decides to continue the Charlie Fox series for a while yet. Every book in the series has been a good, solid, entertaining read.

  • Jane
    2018-11-27 01:46

    Charlie is trapped in an emotional no man's land and is cajoled back to work to put her mind in another place,supposedly a healthier place. But she's soon neck deep in the intrigue. Terror,horror and sorrow follow for all involved,except the perpetrators who remain hidden 'til the end. Another "can't put it down novel". A gripping finale has us all on tender hooks awaiting the next thrilling roller coaster ride. Die Easy,due Oct 2012 can't come soon enough Zoe. All in all the best series I've ever read. Not one has been a disappointment and yes they do live up to the hype. Cracking fast paced reads,every one. Well worth the entrance fee. You can always tell a great book,if you want to read it again,this series will definitely do that to you. "Nuff said" as we say in London.

  • Smoochys
    2018-11-27 01:48

    Sharp is sharp. This book picks up three months after the events of Fourth Day. Parker Armstrong assigns Charlie to protect a spoiled rich kid whose friends, also spoiled and rich, have been either kidnapped or are potential targets of being kidnapped. Sharp showed how Charlie's upper-middle class upbringing made her fit quite comfortably in that world. The mystery was very good, and figuring out who the kidnapping mastermind was was well concealed. If only Sharp would just stick a knife in the Charlie-Sean romance the series would that much better. This is an excellent read. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it reads better when you understand the background behind some of the issues in the book.

  • Denise Dougherty
    2018-12-10 05:27

    Three plus stars. Really liked this story, my first by the author. Liked it so much, I found her first book at the library (Killer Instinct) and am blazing through that as well. Too bad Fifth Victim was the only audio book available through my library. But, I'm reading the first book so quickly "page turners" may not be so bad for the others ...The central character is the first female who isn't a comic book character and is truly believable. The first book gives you her background. I like that she is realistic and not an action figure. The writing is quick and precise. The action involving and suspenseful. Zoe Sharp will fill the slot left open in my thriller reading list by the death of Vince Flynn (RIP). [email protected]

  • Grace
    2018-12-09 06:29

    The only thing more terrifying than fighting for your life is fighting for someone else’s… Bodyguard and ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox would do anything to take her mind off her partner; shot, left for dead and now lying in a coma. So concentrating on a new assignment seemed like the perfect way to escape the pain, and her own empty apartment. The job looked simple: to protect the naive daughter of an investment banker from a ruthless gang of kidnappers. But when her instincts lead Charlie to suspect an inside job, she finds out that not everyone who mingles with the jet-set is what they seem – and the idle rich can be as ruthless as any criminal…

  • Any Length
    2018-11-12 03:48

    This is my first Charlie Fox Thriller and I loved it. I would really like to go back and start the series from the first book and work my way through. I loved particularly that it is written in the first person. The story is believable and there aren't any obvious "pie in the skye" type injuries which the heroine just disregards even though blind Freddy could tell you that you can't even dress yourself with those injuries, as in some other books. I like stories that are more real and less "superhero type stuff". I also liked the challenge she faces right at the end of the book which makes me hang out for the next one.

  • Monica
    2018-11-13 01:33

    The spoiled rotten offspring of the uber-rich Long Island families are being kidnapped and need specialized personal protection - that's where Charlie Fox and her boss Parker come in. It's a look at the ugly side of the Beautiful People, with expensive toys, mind games, car chases, hand-to-hand combat, a motorcycle wreck, double-crosses, bribes, murder, and gun play to keep the adrenalin flowing and the pages turning.It's a smart, well written action packed thriller with an appealing protagonist. We learn enough about Charlie and her past in this book to make me want to check out the back-list.

  • Carrie
    2018-11-22 02:41

    Starting in the middle of a series that builds on each successive book is never a good idea, but I was desperate for something exciting to read. Good enough to make me want to start at the beginning. Charlie Fox is an ex-special forces soldier turned bodyguard. Her partner/romantic interest has been seriously wounded and left in a coma in the previous book. Charlie visits him daily and brings him a hot cup of coffee to try and stir his senses into awakening.In the meantime, she has been assigned to guard a rebellious young adult in a community where several YA's have recently been kidnapped.

  • Paullei Mumme
    2018-12-08 05:26

    An enticing read, but I felt a little bit of a let down that the Parker's character hasn't developed enough to lead me to the events in the book. While the material has been there for several books, the author has glossed over it leaving me feeling as though the characters has become two dimensional instead of coming alive in my mind as the words come of the page. The are some very poignant parts of the book that redeem itself and in true Zoe Sharp fashion, the ending tugs at my heart and makes me eager for the next installment of Charlie Fox and company.