Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

The Fixer is an interesting political thriller, complete with a mysterious death, cover-ups, and conspiracies, and shadiness abound. Tess Kendrick did not know what her much older sister did for a living – she was perfectly happy being on the ranch with her grandfather and occasionally righting social wrongs in her school. But when his dementia gets worse, her sister comes to take her to Washington, where she discovers that her sister is a fixer, someone who makes political problems go away.

While in her prestigious school (which also has other high-profile kids), she gets an unofficial status as a fixer, thanks to her sister’s reputation, but when her new friend comes to her with a problem that is much higher on the ladder, she gets enmeshed in a bigger political scandal. Apparently, the death of a Supreme Court judge wasn’t an accident, and proving it was so is going to be a harder task than she thought. But balanced by that is the fact that she doesn’t trust her sister’s motivations completely, or whose side she is really on. The political intrigue in this is deep, with reaches in the West Wing, and her own knowledge of what is right and wrong being questioned. She has a strong moral compass, but there are times when things have to be looked at from a pragmatic view, rather than an in black-and-white. Ultimately, the lesson is to question everything, and not always believe what is put in front of you.

There are surprising twists throughout in this book, and it keeps you on your toes. Along with Tess, we are also questioning the motives of various characters, and how innocent they may be. It can get a bit coincidental at times, but it is otherwise a solid plot. Her relationship with her sister is a key part of the novel, as they start to build one after years of being apart from each other. The reveal wasn’t really surprising for me, since I actually saw it coming, but the identity of the person behind the plots wasn’t revealed until the end (or was it). It also doesn’t have a romantic subplot, which is awesome (honestly, focusing on the relationship between Tess and Ivy as a family was a better plot with a significantly more impact on the plot than any romance could have). Overall, an interesting story, and I would love to read more in this world.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  1. I always like politics being included in my books, and I can see that this one definitely has some elements of that. It can be hard for there to be no coincidences when it comes to a thriller so I’ll forgive the book that. I am glad you were able to be so entertained by this one and that you liked it so much!

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