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Thankfully, this is not that kind of book.
I absolutely adored Molly Miranda.
While different in plenty of ways, Molly reminds me a little of Charlaine Harris's wonderful Sookie Stackhouse: down to earth, self-deprecating, capable and independent, deliciously snarky but never nasty. While some aspects of her life are wild, others are perfectly mundane, and Jillianne Hamilton doesn't shy away from letting us in on the joke (ever had to pee while fooling around with a crush?).
Which brings us to the romance. We have the obligatory two boys (good and naughty), and naturally the naughty one has more personality, but it’s a minor flaw. Hamilton writes the scenes with both love interests with a winning combination of genuine chemistry and real-life awkwardness that will appeal to fans of romance, chick-lit and mystery/thrillers.
The secondary characters are also strongly written. Hamilton has a sharp ear for dialogue, especially the easy banter between Molly and her best friend, Ruby. They're opposites in many ways, but she takes the time to show you why they click.
And oh Audrey, how I love thee! When she talks, I picture the perfectly posh and utterly hilarious woman in the PooPourri commerical…
Hamilton handles the story with a deft touch, balancing action, laugh-out-loud zingers and romance with zippy pacing and a character you can really root for. This series makes me want to quit my day job and become a cat burglar with a condo on Central Park West and a passport full of cool stamps. I seriously can't wait for the next one.
This book is very fast-paced and clever, which makes it hard to put down. Every chapter ends in a sentence that urges you to race to the following page. I've never actively chosen to read a crime fiction before, but it is obvious that Jillianne has put a substantial amount of research into the story and I appreciate her apparent attention to detail. Jillianne also has a way with language in which I find she doesn't drag on with excessive descriptions, but still manages to create lovely imagery that makes accounts seem just right in the mind of readers. I ended up dog-earing all the pages where a certain sentence or description struck me in an attractive way and by the end of the novel nearly half the pages were folded over!
This is definitely a enjoyable read, whether you care for pleasant imagery, accurate details, or just a tough individual who's not about to change for anyone. I would recommend this book to those who appreciate a novel featuring a strong, independent female lead, as well as a story with action, romance, humor, and lots of surprises. I cannot wait for the continuation, as I know there is more to Molly's story than the bit that us readers have been hooked to so far!
Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is not the sort of book I normally read. I'm all about the dark, brooding, soul-searching 'literary' novel. Hamilton herself calls her novel "action/comedy." This book is breezy and light in tone (though there are moments of great suspense, and the events encompass a wide range of emotions), and best of all: it is funny. The narrator has a snappy sarcasm that never seems strained and is used by Hamilton in just the right way to express Miranda's annoyance without ever becoming annoying.
Several things I admire in this book:
The pacing. Each chapter feels so self-contained, yet manages to end with great forward momentum. I always wanted to know what would happen next.
The brief and deft descriptions. From visual depictions of a new scenes, to the physical texture of boring office work, Hamilton really knows how to provide life-giving detail in just the right amount.
The number of interestingly drawn characters. For a short book (222 pages), Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is chock-a-block with fun-to-meet people. The book actually has the feel of the old Rockford Files TV show. It's tense and smart-alecky. It's likeable without being sweet. It's sexy and tough, and as apt to kick you in the pants as to kiss you on the cheek.
An exciting first book. I look forward to more from Jillianne Hamilton.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast moving and hard to predict the outcome. The story line flows nicely. Book is hard to put down. Suitable for both young adult and young-at-heart. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a great read, her characters are likable and funny. An entertaining story, hope that there will be more to come.Published 6 months ago by nicole zottola
I loved this book. I read it quite some time ago and I'm just now getting my review up. I read several books a week and after awhile, plots start to blend together, but what I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stacey
I rated it a 5 because kept my attention the whole time. I could not put it down.there were no dry or boring places. I would recommend this to anyone. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna Holmes
Enjoyable and lighthearted read, but not too original, still a promising author. Molly is not very smart but she's got a good heart considering her professionPublished 11 months ago by Dragonfinch
A really fun read...I highly recommend for easy summer reading.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun story and lite hearted, no one gets hurt to bad. Molly and Rhys make a good team but feel sorry for Nate. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fred Reno
Excellent, smart, funny, and completely unpredictable. I really liked Molly and was Impressed with how she handled herself. Thanks for a great read.Published 14 months ago by KC
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