Adventure

No Such Thing as Goodbye by Karmen Špiljak

I had more fun with this book than I expected to once the story began. We plunge right into the mess that our lead protagonist is trying to make of her life while at the same time correcting her trajectory. What happened next seemed too lucky for me to fully appreciate it. Even if I did not agree with how things came to be the way they did, I liked our spunky lead, her tragic backstory and the amount of effort she puts into doing a job well.
Toni is in a jam, and the only way out seems to be to end her life. This latter plan is solely on paper, freeing her from mob connections and giving her hope for a new life. Now, given her set of skills and lack of finances, it is only plausible that she ends up in less than squeaky clean situations. As mentioned in the very beginning, I found this new acquaintance and the suddenness of her role mildly offputting. The rest of what she has to do, the hoops she jumps through, and the work assigned to her were quite entertaining. They were even a little stressful at times. It is a good way to establish a new character and provide a background which provides enough fodder for future installments. I will not go into the details because it is the focal point, the building of the incidents and the actions taken by the extended cast around Toni.
It has some action, a lot of spy work and an interesting lead character who gives her heart to a kitten for added ambience in the very beginning. It does cover some dark and depressing background stories, but on the whole, it ended on a positive note.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is based on my own reading experience.

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