The Fifth Assassin

July 3, 2013
BY Jill Markowitz

070513_mishmash_bookBy Brian Meltzer
Grand Central Publishing 2013; 448 pages

The Fifth Assassin started off with a bang, literally. I was intrigued and could not wait to keep reading. However, that enthusiasm quickly diminished.

The chapters were really short, generally two to four pages, which I typically like. However, every chapter jumped to a different time frame: present day, 18 years ago, 16 hours ago, one week ago, etc. Each jump in time involved different characters. This made me lose focus very quickly.

The chapters were not long enough to get a grasp on what was happening. In the end, the plot and characters all came together, but it was difficult to get there.

This was a sequel to Meltzer’s “The Inner Circle.” If I had read that book, would I have liked this one more? Would more background information on the main characters have helped? Possibly, but I will never know.

I liked the plot, and each character was developed nicely. The execution just fell flat.

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