Review: Confessions of a Neurotic Hitwoman by JB Lynn

Title: Confessions of a Neurotic Hitwoman

Author: JB Lynn

Published: Avon Jan 2012

Synopsis: Maggie Lee is not your average hitwoman. For one thing, she’s never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard—a picky eater, obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, that only Maggie can hear. Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster’s lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law. Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let’s not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she’s up to. Training has never been so complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn’t … she’s the mob’s next target. READ the first chapter

Status: Read on January 22, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Harper Collins}

My Thoughts:

Veering from wildly funny to desperately sad, Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman is an entertaining dark comedy caper.

Maggie Lee survives the car accident that kills her sister and brother in law, leaving her niece, Katie, comatose. Maggie’s parents are no help, her father is doing time for murder and her mother is in a psychiatric hospital. Maggie hasn’t seen her sister in years and her three aunts are their own special type of crazy. A chance encounter with a hitman in the hospital brings Maggie to the attention of a mob boss who makes an unusual proposition. With a little help from God (not THE God), a killer cop and a psychic colleague Maggie just might be able to pay Katie’s hospital bills, if she can become a killer.

As bitter and cynical Maggie is, her quick wit and devotion to her niece renders her likeable. Her background is messy and rife with tragedy so it’s no wonder Maggie is able to embrace the unconventional. The leap from call center agent to hitwoman is a big one but somehow the author convinces us that her motivation is plausible.
Maggie’s mentor, Patrick, is a mysterious figure whose reasons for helping Maggie are murky. I’m not sure I really like him but he is an intriguing character.
The most irresistible character is Godzilla, aka God, Katie’s pet lizard now in Maggie’s care. Maggie isn’t sure if she is going as crazy as her mother or not as the lizard starts talking to her. Smart mouthed, opinionated and endearing, God makes for a hilarious sidekick.

The plot is cohesive even though it requires the reader to suspend belief. Between talking lizards, stoned aunts, hot police officers and a blackmailing hitman the story teeters on the edge of absurdity but is tempered by the darker elements of the story. Combining crazy characters and screwball comedy with a cynical edge, Confessions of a Neurotic Hitwoman is an enjoyable romp and a great start to a new series.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leeswammes
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 06:31:33

    Sounds like a fun book. At least, if the writing itself is a bit decent, not trying to explain everything to death, etc. Fun idea for a book!

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  2. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 06:33:58

    That is a little like the book I am reading, “Getting Sassy” She has never broken the law but may steal a race horse’s goat for extortion! I love the character. Her mother has Alzheimer’s and she put her in a beautiful, caring home, a lovely place to live. The main character can no longer afford it. She can’t live with her mother because she drives her nuts and the only other place for mother that is cheaper is lousy, no care at all. So, I keep telling my e-book, don’t do it!

    Carol

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  3. Sharyla
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 07:38:27

    This is not usually my genre, but it sounds AMAZING. I’m off to Amazon now, I’m either buying it or putting it on my wishlist. Thanks!

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  4. Rachael Johns (@RachaelJohns)
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:14:44

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Not that I need MORE books on the TBR pile 🙂

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  5. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:51:03

    This sounds like a fun read, Shelleyrae. Sometimes it’s nice to read something light!

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  6. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 19:45:16

    This sounds great! Thanks for making my TBR list longer 🙂

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