Strike Me Down
by Mindy Mejia
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Stand Alone Novel
Number of pages: 352
Source: ARC from Net Galley
Read 4/4/20 to 4/6/20
Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.
An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection.
Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.
Sometimes you have such a great experience with an author that they are up on a sort of pedestal. When you later read a book by said author that doesn’t live up to your expectations it’s hard to decide if your expectations were just set too high or if there is something lacking in the story. That’s what happened with this book for me. I’ve read two other of stories by this author that I absolutely adore. It’s been almost two years since I read Leave No Trace and I still think of it often. It’s a story that really stuck with me. So is it this book or my perception of the book that is at fault?
One thing I can say for certain, this story is a unique. In fact, that’s something common among the books of Mindy Mejia that I’ve read; they are all stories that are fresh and different than the other stories I’ve read. I really appreciate that fact and know it takes a lot of research and time for authors to put so much information into their stories.
At first I thought I’d like Nora, the main character. As the story progressed I had a hard time having any sympathy for her. It’s not that she does anything terrible or unforgivable, she’s just not very likable. And that may well be by design. It’s not always bad when the protagonist is unlikable, but most of the other characters quickly become unsympathetic as well. And that did become a problem for me. I had nobody to latch onto, to root for, to invest my time and energy in as I progressed through this book.
Even with this disconnect from the characters, I still found myself with some investment in the story. Like I said earlier, it’s a unique tale. There were things I though I knew and didn’t, things I thought I knew and did, and things I didn’t think of at all. Those are all good things when it comes to a mystery book.
If nothing else, this story made me want to visit Minneapolis. This author truly has a knack for describing her settings. I never thought a book would give me the urge to visit big Midwestern city when I already live in a big Midwestern city. But here we are, with me wondering when/if I can visit Minneapolis soon.
To sum up, I found this story to be okay, but I could be judging it too harshly due to my previous experiences with this author. I will definitely never pass up an opportunity to read another of her stories.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely.**