Canadian Authors, Mystery-Suspense

[Book Talk] Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Book Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: March 2017

Nadia Stafford series

  1. Exit Strategy
  2. Made To Be Broken
  3. Wild Justice


Popular fantasy author Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) makes her first foray into crime fiction, with the debut of a series of non-paranormal novels featuring female assassin Nadia Stafford.

Nadia Stafford is one of the world’s few female contract killers. A former cop, drummed out of the force because of a scandal, she is an expert at disguise and cool under pressure. But when fellow hitman Jack arrives on the scene, Nadia’s very private existence is seriously challenged.

A series of victims are being murdered seemingly at random all over the country — different areas, different walks of life, different MOs. There is nothing to tie them together except a random page torn out of a single book: Helter Skelter. But does the Helter Skelter killer — as the hysterical media now dub him — have a real connection to Charles Manson? Or is there something even more sinister at work?

Is this, in fact — as Jack believes — the carefully planned exit strategy of a fellow professional killer, determined to leave the life, but equally determined to clear up an old mistake? And, if so, which is the real victim?

Now, the highly suspicious and secretive hitman community will have to break their cover — at least, to each other — and help take down this killer before the cops and the Feds discover his true connection to their own secret, exclusive society…

My Thoughts

I was a little nervous when I started reading this book. I’m a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong and while I’ve read at least a dozen or more of her books, I still had a dozen or more to go. The big books for her fans are definitely the Women of the Otherworld books and from what I had seen, these books weren’t as good. Now that I’ve read the first book in this series, all I can say is that had I fallen in love with the Women of the Otherworld series first, maybe I wouldn’t have liked this one as much, but I’m still working through WOTO right now and mostly I just love her Cainsville series so much and now her Casey Duncan series, both of which are more in the mystery thriller genre, rather than paranormal. Nadia Stafford isn’t a paranormal series, but straight mystery. Crime mystery, about the first hitman, or hitwoman. And it’s AWESOME.

I loved reading this. I loved that it was about hired killers working together to take down a serial killer. I loved Nadia. I loved Jack. I loved that there seemed to be some romance (though the angle wasn’t quite what I wanted – hoping to get more of that in the next book). I loved that there was so much mystery – who IS this guy? What will he do next? When will he screw up? I love that there’s still mystery surrounding our main characters, they still have to hold things back because they’re hired killers – even they don’t want to let each other know who one another is. There’s so much secrecy and I love it!

After I finished reading the first book I had to dive into the next book immediately and I’ll say it right now – I’m loving that one, too. I know I say it all the time, but if you’re not reading Kelley Armstrong, you NEED to be. When I read one of her books, I think about all the other books by her that I love, and then I want to read MORE of her books. I don’t know what I’ll do when I finally catch up on reading everything she has out! She’s definitely one of the best authors in Canada!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

Kat Reviews
Lola’s Reviews
Jules’ Book Reviews


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