From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller following an accountant’s complicated and potentially deadly search for missing money.
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.
A tense and unpredictable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Strike Me Down reveals the remarkable power of Mindy Mejia’s writing which “crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence” (New York Journal of Books).
A suspense/thriller that highlights strong women, Strike Me Down was an entertaining if somewhat forgettable read.
Opening with a scene to hook the reader, this then goes back in time to reveal the events leading up to and then following it. It’s told through two perspectives: Nora, an extremely successful forensic accountant; and Gregg, co-owner of athletic empire Strike who hires Nora’s firm days before its major kickboxing tournament because the prize money has gone missing. This plot structure along with the dual point of view is pretty common within this genre, and it works well here to keep the reader engaged by revealing information bit by bit until the big reveal at the end.
Reading Strike Me Down was an easy and enjoyable experience. I don’t know if I’m getting more critical as I read more, but it was just lacking that something more that would have taken it up a notch or two. Also, upon completion, I realized that I had completely forgotten the first chapter that initially drew me in and had to go back to read it again. And while it does feature strong women, I struggled to connect with them in a meaningful way.
That all said, I enjoy Mejia’s writing style. She has a way with words that works for me and keeps me coming back. Strike Me Down may not be my favorite book of hers, but I’ll still be on the lookout for her future work.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.