Unraveled

End of an Assassin, Book One

Fiction - Thriller - General
157 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2020
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Unraveled: End of an Assassin Book 1 by Jordan Everett is the beginning of a series based on the character of Kaden Rivera. Kaden is a bored, twenty-three-year-old who works at a soup restaurant and reflects, daily, on her disastrous life thus far. With a murdered father and a hurtful and uncaring mother, Kaden’s childhood was only rescued by the close and loving relationship with her brother. When her brother went missing eight months previously, Kaden was cast adrift in a world she didn’t feel a part of and had no real connections with. When an armed robber enters the store, demanding money, all of Kaden’s years of frustration and anger boil up to the surface and she surprises even herself when she not only argues with the assailant but disarms him and defeats him. National news coverage of the event draws interest from a savvy businessman who makes Kaden an offer she finds too good to refuse: Become an assassin for me and you will join an elite group of young women dedicated to destroying villains that are too clever, too wealthy, or too well connected to be captured by the standard criminal justice system. Kaden, seduced by the money and the thought of “doing good” for society and ridding the world of evil criminals, signs on to the scheme and becomes one of the Boss’s “Minnies”. Assigned a liaison, Benny, the pair become close and for the first time in a long time, Kaden feels needed, valuable, and cared for. But the eternal question arises whenever we see vigilante justice: “Who watches the watchers?” Can Kaden reconcile the morality of her situation?

The premise for Unraveled is a good one that has been covered often before, even to the level of super-hero vigilantism. Author Jordan Everett has created a character in Kaden Rivera who is both understandable and likable despite the choices she has made. Kaden is a complex character and I particularly liked that about her. Despite coming from a dysfunctional background and the recent loss of her beloved brother, she does have a moral compass and we can see her wrestling with reconciling what she does with what she knows is right. It is a lot easier to justify murder when you believe the intended victim is thoroughly deserving of death. It is when doubt enters the equation that Kaden’s commitment to the cause wavers. I particularly enjoyed the relationship that was developing between Kaden and her liaison whizz-kid Benny. Sometimes there is a clear replacement of her brother with Benny’s big-brother style of friendship but, equally, you get the vibe that just below the surface there may be more to their relationship than just a familial feel. Kaden’s relationship with her estranged mother was also fascinating and I’m sure the author will explore both these two relationships in much more detail in his second iteration of these characters. For the opening salvo of a planned series, I found the premise compelling and the characters, if not totally convincing, at least relatable. I’m invested in finding out what happens to them in the future and that is the key to a first book, so well done on that score.

Lit Amri

When a man tries to rob her workplace, 23-year-old Kaden Rivera snaps and fights back, leaving the hapless criminal unconscious on the floor. Two months later, a man offers her a lucrative but dangerous job as an assassin-training included. The secret side job offers Kaden a chance to help the good guys when the police can’t. However, things start to change. The jobs begin to focus on unusual targets and the other assassins start to fall one by one. With the help of her tech whiz friend, Benny, and an A.I. mouse called Goose, Kaden's determined to find out the truth before it’s too late. Unraveled is Book One of the End Of An Assassin series by Jordan Everett.

Fast-paced and filled with adrenaline-pumping action, Unraveled is packed with high stakes and unexpected betrayals. Protagonist Kaden is a capable assassin, a 'Minnie' who works for the Company headed by a peculiar man who called himself Mr. Ng. Visceral emotions run parallel with the intense fight scenes and dark moments. Benny and the impressive robot mouse Goose represent the wonderful technology in the dark, unforgiving world of crime. Other than the solid camaraderie between Kaden and Benny as well as Kaden's fondness of Goose, Jordan Everett also highlights her estranged relationship with her mother, her memories about her missing brother Aaron, and her kind Soup Shack coworker Madeline. Laced with mystery and malevolence yet finding hope through friendship and forgiveness, the End Of An Assassin series introduces a resilient heroine who tries to do the right thing despite the risks. A solid read.