Skewed is the first novel in a new series by Marissa Farrar, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from my Book Club (TBCONFB) to read.
Vee (Verity Guerra) has a mobster after her. A vicious mobster who wants her dead because of an alleged betrayal. That mobster just happens to be her father.
Vee is in WITSEC along with her younger and much more innocent sister, Nikkie. Vee will do anything to protect her sister. Absolutely anything, including testifying against her father at his upcoming trial and, by doing so, putting her own life in danger.
X is the hitman sent to kill Vee. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out the way we plan. Not even for cold-blooded killers like X.
This is the first book I’ve read by Marissa Farrar, but I’ll definitely be continuing with the series.
Marissa has a very easy writing style. Sometimes you don’t want a book that challenges you to think, to concentrate, to work, and Marissa succeeds in that. Your eyes fly across the page and yet you don’t lose the flow of the story.
I wasn’t sure if I’d take to Vee, but she definitely won me over after the first few chapters, and X is hot, hot, hot, whilst also having a secret past of his own that he wants to keep hidden. Nikkie, on the other hand, needed a good slap in my opinion. Yes, she’s young, and yes she’s been through a lot, but my goodness, she gives her sister a hard time, making Vee’s life much more difficult than it needed to be. Not sure I’d have been nearly as soft on Nikkie as Vee is.
The book is written in the first person, from both Vee’s and X’s point of view – this is a style I’m seeing more and more of, and whilst my own preference is third person if you’re going to have more than one POV in a story, I didn’t find Marissa’s version grated, and the voices were different enough that you didn’t have to flick back to the start of the chapter to find out whose head you were in.
In summary, an easy flowing read that had elements of tension and heat which sets up the series nicely.