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From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike. An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection. Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way. A tense and unpredictable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Strike Me Down reveals the remarkable power of Mindy Mejia’s writing which “crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence” (New York Journal of Books).


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From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth. Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike. An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection. Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way. A tense and unpredictable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Strike Me Down reveals the remarkable power of Mindy Mejia’s writing which “crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence” (New York Journal of Books).

30 review for Strike Me Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    “It’s not what you know. It’s what you can prove.” Strike Me Down is a mystery about $20 million that's gone missing. Nora, a forensic accountant, finds herself drawn into a game of cat and mouse between a superstar kick boxer, Logan Russo, and her husband Gregg, the man behind the scenes. This is a difficult review to write. I have loved Mejia's previous books and this book checks all of the boxes that I usually look for in a good mystery/thriller: It’s well-written and smart. The mystery is “It’s not what you know. It’s what you can prove.” Strike Me Down is a mystery about $20 million that's gone missing. Nora, a forensic accountant, finds herself drawn into a game of cat and mouse between a superstar kick boxer, Logan Russo, and her husband Gregg, the man behind the scenes. This is a difficult review to write. I have loved Mejia's previous books and this book checks all of the boxes that I usually look for in a good mystery/thriller: It’s well-written and smart. The mystery is intriguing, the characters intelligent and the female characters are kick-ass (literally). But something was missing. When I am reading a book that I love, I am usually still thinking about it when I am not reading it. With this book, I would put it down and not really think about it again until I had time to read. It is in no way bad, it’s just lacking book magic. My issues stem from feeling disconnected and distant from the characters. The narrative alternates between Nora and Gregg. Told from their first-person perspectives, controlling every word and detail of the plot, I never felt I knew them. Also lacking was the charisma associated with Logan’s character. Nora is infatuated with Logan, and Gregg frequently references how she has this ability to draw others in and make them believe and listen to her message. She is so charismatic that Gregg has created an empire from her image, but on the pages, she falls flat. I also wasn’t feeling the tension that should have been emanating from the pages. There are some tense moments towards the end, but for the most part, I felt like the tension and suspense were lacking. There are some strong moments, and I grew to like and understand Nora’s character. Strike Me Down is tautly written and interesting, but at the end of the day, I wasn't captivated. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Sexy, violent, controversial, heart throbbing page-turner! Let the games begin ! A smart, unconventional, sexy, too much independent and powerful forensics accountant Nora Trier who catches thieves and put them behind the bars is not the kind of heroine we get used to read! Now she is hired to find missing 20 million dollars prize money of anti-corporate feminist athletic empire named “STRIKE”! But we have a conflict of interest: because this means Nora will work for her idol and trainer Logan Rus Sexy, violent, controversial, heart throbbing page-turner! Let the games begin ! A smart, unconventional, sexy, too much independent and powerful forensics accountant Nora Trier who catches thieves and put them behind the bars is not the kind of heroine we get used to read! Now she is hired to find missing 20 million dollars prize money of anti-corporate feminist athletic empire named “STRIKE”! But we have a conflict of interest: because this means Nora will work for her idol and trainer Logan Russo: a legendary, vicious, famous kickboxer and her husband, marketing genius of their company Gregg Abbott, the very same man she had a hot, memorable one night stand at Atlanta (Yes, Georgia will be both of their minds forever!) Did you whistle? Yes, it’s getting hot in here so take off all your clothes and keep on singing and dancing because we have some fast paced, entertaining, surprising, twisty crazy train ride in our hands. It’s so much different from regular thriller books you already read lately. There is betrayal, violence, lots of ass-kicking, powerful heroines, lies and mind games! So get your pop-corn and sodas (my choice is today a chilled delicious glass of Sancerre) sit on your ass and keep flipping the pages. I guarantee that it’s more enjoyable than the last action movies streaming right now or any other criminal series. The best thing about the book is the other tricked us so many times. We feel like we already found who was the responsible of that great scheme but bammm you feel another punch on your face that you didn’t ever imagine and never ever see it coming. So keep your attention and have fun to be fooled because sometimes killing your spidey senses ( or as I say my spider senses) and turn off your brain cells, not speculating so much is the best way to relax! I read “Everything You Want me to Be” and “Leave No Trace’ before. I loved both of them and the author really surprised me by trying a new recipe, something original, unique and more fun so I loved the way she created something freshly baked from the oven and I happily devoured it! She achieved a great job! Special thanks to NetGalley, Atria/Emily Bestler Books for sharing this epic book’s ARC COPY with me and thanks to Mindy Mejia for creating a different story for her previous works and achieving a challenging but successful job. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Although not her typical story, Strike Me Down is a sexy, sleek spy-type thriller full of suspense. I'm not typically drawn to the financial thriller, but being that this is Mindy Mejia, of course I had to give it a try. The story is well-written and intricately plotted, and if this is your typical sub-genre to read, I think you'll appreciate some of the finer details more than I was able to. The core mystery involves a missing $20 million, and this was the driving factor in my journey with this Although not her typical story, Strike Me Down is a sexy, sleek spy-type thriller full of suspense. I'm not typically drawn to the financial thriller, but being that this is Mindy Mejia, of course I had to give it a try. The story is well-written and intricately plotted, and if this is your typical sub-genre to read, I think you'll appreciate some of the finer details more than I was able to. The core mystery involves a missing $20 million, and this was the driving factor in my journey with this novel. My greatest concern was that we were told how charismatic and powerful Logan and Gregg are, but I wasn't able to feel it shown in their actions. Overall, another thought-provoking book from the author, and I look forward to reading what she produces next. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    3.5 stars This is a book that wastes no time grabbing your attention. After reading the blurb, you have a fair idea of the initial set-up. Then you read the first few pages. Wait…what? No worries, that’s just a little taste of what’s to come. The story then goes back in time to the previous week & how it all began. Nora Trier used to be your average CPA. That was before she was named as the whistle-blower in a case that brought down a major corporation & made her a pariah, both personally & profes 3.5 stars This is a book that wastes no time grabbing your attention. After reading the blurb, you have a fair idea of the initial set-up. Then you read the first few pages. Wait…what? No worries, that’s just a little taste of what’s to come. The story then goes back in time to the previous week & how it all began. Nora Trier used to be your average CPA. That was before she was named as the whistle-blower in a case that brought down a major corporation & made her a pariah, both personally & professionally. But her brains & tenacity were just what a man named Jim Parrish was looking for & she soon embarked on a new career as a forensic accountant. Now she’s one of 4 partners in a firm with an impressive reputation for uncovering fraud. The secret to her success? Opportunity….pressure….rationalization. Find the person with all three & you’ve found your thief. Which is exactly what their newest client needs. Gregg Abbott & his wife Logan Russo are the sole owners of Strike, a billion dollar athletics empire with a problem. One week from now they are hosting an international kick boxing tournament that is sold out. Just one tiny issue…the $20 million prize purse is missing. Nora has reservations about taking the job & we soon learn why. But her partners are keen & in short order, she’s heading an investigation into the company that will dig up all it’s dirty little secrets. I was a huge fan of this author’s previous book so was thrilled to get my grubby mitts on this one. Just a heads up…this is a big departure. Initially the investigation takes a backseat as it’s interspersed with extensive history on the principal characters including their childhoods, relationships & memories. This was a bit frustrating for a couple of reasons. First, the opening pages piqued my spidey senses so I was desperate for present day events to unfold. Second, despite all the personal information we’re given, oddly enough I never really connected with any of the characters. Part of that is necessary as it soon becomes clear at least one of them is lying. By obscuring their inner thoughts & motivations, the reader is kept guessing as to who did what until the final pages. But it also prevented me from feeling like I got to know them. Nora is a coolly professional woman with no time or talent for social skills. She wears her business suits like armour but that facade begins to crack when her personal connections to the investigation threaten everything she’s worked for. As events take a deadly turn, a different Nora begins to emerge as she’s forced to fight for her life. The investigative aspect of the plot is very well done. There’s enough detail re: accounting practices & financial data to allow you to understand what they’re doing but it never feels didactic. The story behind the missing $20 million is full of twists, lies & hidden agendas. All the characters have rational explanations for their actions. So who’s telling the truth? I’m betting your won’t have it completely figured out before you reach the big finale.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kubica

    Mindy Mejia’s latest whodunit, financial thriller draws readers into the high stakes world of kickboxing. Whip-smart, expertly plotted and entirely unpredictable, STRIKE ME DOWN is unlike anything I’ve ever read. A must read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Nora Trier is a forensic accountant. She prides herself on her lack of bias and her ability to stay completely independent in her cases. As such, she's able to catch a lot of criminals. That all changes when Strike, a large athletic and kickboxing company hires Nora's firm. They are headed by Logan Russo, a bold famous athlete and hero to the world, and her husband, Greg Abbott, who runs the marketing side of the company. Strike is ready to launch their biggest event yet--a kickboxing tournament Nora Trier is a forensic accountant. She prides herself on her lack of bias and her ability to stay completely independent in her cases. As such, she's able to catch a lot of criminals. That all changes when Strike, a large athletic and kickboxing company hires Nora's firm. They are headed by Logan Russo, a bold famous athlete and hero to the world, and her husband, Greg Abbott, who runs the marketing side of the company. Strike is ready to launch their biggest event yet--a kickboxing tournament, Strike Down, with fighters all over the world competing for twenty million dollars in prize money. But there's a small problem: the money is missing. Greg suspects his wife has taken it, sabotaging her own company. Nora's firm places her in charge of finding the missing funds--just days before Strike Down--and are unaware of own her ties to Strike. As the clock ticks down, Nora begins to unravel a web of secrets that threatens her independence--and her life. "Numbers, like people, have no inherent quality. Their value lies only in their relation to others and what they represent. Good. Bad. Strong. Weak. These are descriptions given by the counter. The counter weaves a story into the number, a narrative combining quantity and quality, fact and fiction. Numbers by themselves are invisible, much like the counters." This was certainly an intriguing book with an interesting premise. Nora and her firm are given only a few days to find the money missing from Strike's coffers. Strike is run and controlled solely by Logan and Greg, without outside influence from shareholders. As such, they are self-made. But that's also made them vulnerable to such a theft. I honestly would have liked to see more of the forensic accounting pieces--I'm a big dork. For instance, Nora's company has a computer named Inga who searches emails for clues and patterns. I would have been fine seeing and learning more about Inga at work. "Five days. Twenty million dollars. The pressure was indisputably on." The book, however, was focused more on personalities, with much of the story told via Nora and Greg's eyes. This would have been fine, but I never really felt much of a connection with either of these characters. Or Logan Russo, either, despite her portrayal as a dynamic, forceful heroine who has impacted a generation of kickboxers and athletes. Nora makes a series of bad decisions and seems oddly obsessed with Logan for no real reason--a weird focus that is never really explained. She has a past that has led her to her role in forensic accounting, but it never really leads to much in the end. Greg is a focused businessman on the outs with his wife, and I never felt much sympathy with him. And Logan, as mentioned, who is supposed to be the core of this book, just falls flat until nearly the end of the novel. "For forty years she'd been invisible, a quality she'd not only taken for granted, but turned into her greatest asset. She was the unseen eye, the counter nobody counted, who wove numbers into dark and avaricious stories." Overall, the book is just weird. I feel bad putting that in a review without much further explanation, but I don't want to put spoilers. It's strange. Yes, it's compelling, in some ways, but I never felt like I needed to get back to reading it. I was interested about what happened to the money, but also had a good inkling early on about what really went down (and was proved right). Maybe if you connect more with the characters, this will be a true page-turner. It's still a tense read and different, for sure. I did enjoy the ending, and I actually felt something for the characters there. Therefore, this one squeaks by at 3 stars. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Atria/Emily Bestler Books. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    It's not often I stay up later than usual and finish a book in bed, even if there are just a couple of chapters to go. Add this one to the short list of those that made the trip upstairs. Mostly that's because the story is so unique - when was the last time you saw a character who's an international kickboxing phenom (female, no less)? Ditto for one who's a cracker-jack forensic accountant (also a female)? Throw in the the sudden disappearance of $20 million and husbands and wives who, let's say, It's not often I stay up later than usual and finish a book in bed, even if there are just a couple of chapters to go. Add this one to the short list of those that made the trip upstairs. Mostly that's because the story is so unique - when was the last time you saw a character who's an international kickboxing phenom (female, no less)? Ditto for one who's a cracker-jack forensic accountant (also a female)? Throw in the the sudden disappearance of $20 million and husbands and wives who, let's say, don't seem well suited to each other, and you've got the makings for a page-turner. The company at which the money went missing is Strike, a multimillion dollar joint creation of that aforesaid phenom, Logan Russo, and her husband, Gregory Abbott. The company is wildly successful, cashing in big-time on Logan's fame. Now, they're throwing a huge tournament with $20 million in prize money plus the chance to replace Logan as the new "face" of the company. But therein lie a couple of issues: First, Gregg suspects Logan has the hots for one of their young trainers and wants him as her replacement. Second, and most pressing, is the disappearance of all that prize money. Enter Nora's firm, which has built a reputation for digging through numbers to expose corporate theft and fraud. Gregg contacted them, knowing of their expertise through a prior meeting (and one-night stand) with Nora away from their Minneapolis base. Understandably, Nora - who's also a member of the local Strike gym and can hold her own with a kickboxing bag - is hesitant to accept Strike (and Gregg) as a client. But her partner gives her the green light and she gives in - despite concerns expressed by her husband, Mike, with whom she has a self-described "open marriage" as well as a 10-year-old son. Her hardest task may be determining who to believe; Gregg and Logan are pointing fingers at each other. Nora's investigation becomes central to the story, which shifts in perspective from Nora to Gregg. By the end, the whole thing took a couple of very dark turns, all leading up to an exciting ending that showcases all of Nora's considerable talents. Honestly, I'll be the first to say I probably wouldn't want to hang out with any of this crew; I love strong women, but Logan and Nora take it to a whole 'nother level. Neither is even close to perfect (although they're at the top of their respective games career-wise) - but then neither are any of their male counterparts - not at Strike and not at Nora's firm. Still, there's something riveting about each and every one, adding interest, intrigue and hints of unspoken love interests that may be lurking in the background (or perhaps just in my own mind). All in all, I found it well worth reading. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Tl;dr: Mindy Mejia has written another great thriller that stands genre conventions on their heads, and Stike Me Down is a fantastic, remarkable read. Mindy Mejia has written another great thriller. This one is about forensic accounting and kickboxing--yes, you read that right. And guess what? The forensic accounting stuff is *more* interesting than the kickboxing! I loved the heroine, Nora, though I suspect a few readers may object to her lifestyle choices (she's in an open marriage, but the su Tl;dr: Mindy Mejia has written another great thriller that stands genre conventions on their heads, and Stike Me Down is a fantastic, remarkable read. Mindy Mejia has written another great thriller. This one is about forensic accounting and kickboxing--yes, you read that right. And guess what? The forensic accounting stuff is *more* interesting than the kickboxing! I loved the heroine, Nora, though I suspect a few readers may object to her lifestyle choices (she's in an open marriage, but the subject is handled with thoughtfulness and insight) The thriller part is shockingly intense, considering most of it revolves around remotely tracking money, but this story of a kickboxing legend, her husband, 20 million missing from the company, and Nora's investigation--and involvement--is riveting. I read this in one long gulp, preordered the book, and plan to talk it up at the library and bookstore when they reopen. Very highly recommended for those looking for a well written thriller that doesn't have a typical plot and features a strong, smart, female lead. In fact, highly recommended in general because did I mention Strike Me Down is awesome? Ok, for those in the back, Strike Down is awesome and you need to read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    This is something completely different then Mindy Mejia's previous novels I have read. Strike Me Down is a spy time of thriller that definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat with suspense. I have to say that this was a super quick read and was a fun ride! I loved how Mindy used kick ass female characters in this novel and plot surrounding martial arts! It' something different and unique that we don't usually see in our thrillers! This was a fun one and recommend reading if you want a quick This is something completely different then Mindy Mejia's previous novels I have read. Strike Me Down is a spy time of thriller that definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat with suspense. I have to say that this was a super quick read and was a fun ride! I loved how Mindy used kick ass female characters in this novel and plot surrounding martial arts! It' something different and unique that we don't usually see in our thrillers! This was a fun one and recommend reading if you want a quick legal thriller! 3.5 stars Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review, Publication date: 4/7/20 Published to GR: 12/29/19

  10. 4 out of 5

    sXe Punk Girl

    Such high hopes, but oh so anti-climactic. 2.5 🌟

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    2.5 ...because I like Mindy Mejia's books. This book is about: ...and a fraud investigation on Strike (a word you will read about 1234589 million times in the story), an elite brand of urban gyms, fancy protein bars, smoothies and more... Someone took a big chunk of cash. Who could have done that? (view spoiler)[ I'm sorry... this book did not work for me. I wanted it to work for me, but I just was bored. I knew how the whole thing would unfold minus one detail from the minute the second POV came 2.5 ...because I like Mindy Mejia's books. This book is about: ...and a fraud investigation on Strike (a word you will read about 1234589 million times in the story), an elite brand of urban gyms, fancy protein bars, smoothies and more... Someone took a big chunk of cash. Who could have done that? (view spoiler)[ I'm sorry... this book did not work for me. I wanted it to work for me, but I just was bored. I knew how the whole thing would unfold minus one detail from the minute the second POV came to play. I was exhausted of reading about kickboxing and Logan's beautiful trapezius, and Strike this and Strike that and vStrike everywhere. Gaaaahhhhh! Anyway, what the heck was all the infatuation with Logan about? I must have missed something because I could not find the appeal in her as a character. Gregg was also boring. Also, Nora was stupid and annoying with her "Independence" (another word that was repeated 439439 times) that she compromised at every single turn. Blaaaahhh. And, why did most characters had double letters in their names? Gregg Abbott, Merritt, Corbett, it fucking annoyed me. (hide spoiler)] I probably read it wrong. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I am sorry I did not like this one. I will still read Mindy's books in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars. Need to think on this a bit... And after further though I'm settling on 3.5 based on how quickly I forgot what this was even about :-/ In true Mejia style, she created another kick-ass and take-no-names female protagonist, which to me was the shining star of this book. The plot came out swinging as well, but further in I found myself struggling to stay focused. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad read. I've just had better experiences with this author, and hope to a Wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars. Need to think on this a bit... And after further though I'm settling on 3.5 based on how quickly I forgot what this was even about :-/ In true Mejia style, she created another kick-ass and take-no-names female protagonist, which to me was the shining star of this book. The plot came out swinging as well, but further in I found myself struggling to stay focused. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad read. I've just had better experiences with this author, and hope to again with her next book. ARC provided by NetGalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    Strike Me Down tempted me with the premise of a protagonist named Nora who catches thieves and upends millions of dollars. While I could see many people loving this type of legal spy thriller, as I attempted twice to get into it, I just don’t think this one was for me. *thank you Atria for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Walker

    If you want something original, suspenseful, well-written and utterly unputdownable - here you go! Loved every page.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Authentikate

    2.50-ish stars rounded up. This is not a mystery thriller. It’s sort of a legal/investigative drama. I kept waiting for it to ramp up and it didn’t (for me). Perhaps if a reader goes in to it knowing it’s a drama not a thriller they would feel more satisfied. 🤷‍♀️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    3.5 stars Domestic drama meets financial thriller in the latest from Mejia. I love the concept of this. That fitness guru you're fascinated with and look up to. The unconventional familial relationships. The large prize money missing. Embezzlement. Conspiracy theories. Gimme all of it! Mejia brings us two very strong female characters in Nora and Logan. Both fierce, independent and extremely good at their jobs. Personally, I miss my kickboxing days so reading this got me a bit amped up and so read 3.5 stars Domestic drama meets financial thriller in the latest from Mejia. I love the concept of this. That fitness guru you're fascinated with and look up to. The unconventional familial relationships. The large prize money missing. Embezzlement. Conspiracy theories. Gimme all of it! Mejia brings us two very strong female characters in Nora and Logan. Both fierce, independent and extremely good at their jobs. Personally, I miss my kickboxing days so reading this got me a bit amped up and so ready to get back to the gym already! And this is where I felt a bit of a bond with these ladies. There was some underlying tension that just seemed weird at first with a bit of hero worship tendencies. However, I did enjoy how this led to seeing the softer side of some of these characters. Now, in spite of that, it's hard to really get that feel for Logan and Gregg - these characters come across one way, but it's more told to you rather than shown so they fell a bit flat for me. Too many coincidences in how every one ties in together? I dunno. I did enjoy the entire concept being this story line. I wasn't particularly surprised towards the end. However, I did enjoy the ride to get there.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Chinnici

    A suspense/thriller that highlights strong women, Strike Me Down was an entertaining if somewhat forgettable read. Opening with a scene to hook the reader, this then goes back in time to reveal the events leading up to and then following it. It’s told through two perspectives: Nora, an extremely successful forensic accountant; and Gregg, co-owner of athletic empire Strike who hires Nora’s firm days before its major kickboxing tournament because the prize money has gone missing. This plot structur A suspense/thriller that highlights strong women, Strike Me Down was an entertaining if somewhat forgettable read. Opening with a scene to hook the reader, this then goes back in time to reveal the events leading up to and then following it. It’s told through two perspectives: Nora, an extremely successful forensic accountant; and Gregg, co-owner of athletic empire Strike who hires Nora’s firm days before its major kickboxing tournament because the prize money has gone missing. This plot structure along with the dual point of view is pretty common within this genre, and it works well here to keep the reader engaged by revealing information bit by bit until the big reveal at the end. Reading Strike Me Down was an easy and enjoyable experience. I don’t know if I’m getting more critical as I read more, but it was just lacking that something more that would have taken it up a notch or two. Also, upon completion, I realized that I had completely forgotten the first chapter that initially drew me in and had to go back to read it again. And while it does feature strong women, I struggled to connect with them in a meaningful way. That all said, I enjoy Mejia’s writing style. She has a way with words that works for me and keeps me coming back. Strike Me Down may not be my favorite book of hers, but I’ll still be on the lookout for her future work. *Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    i finished this but skimmed towards the end; it is tragically dull. a forensic accountant mystery is not my cuppa. (view spoiler)[ FWIW i'm tired of the unreliable narrator as a device. it was obvious from the beginning that gregg was an unreliable narrator & the one who had embezzled the money (hide spoiler)] i finished this but skimmed towards the end; it is tragically dull. a forensic accountant mystery is not my cuppa. (view spoiler)[ FWIW i'm tired of the unreliable narrator as a device. it was obvious from the beginning that gregg was an unreliable narrator & the one who had embezzled the money (hide spoiler)]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    "That what feeds you can also destroy you." To catch a thief or not --that's the question. What if the thief was your own spouse? Or a company worker? Or.... "Strength is knowing when to get the F.. out of the way." FIGHT ON! Enter Nora our forensic accountant who turns up more than missing money and crooked individuals. She sure as hell writes the wrongs and strikes them down! Oh, you go girl!! MINDY this was amazing! Wait did you just mention an anti-feminist empire known as 'Strike' owned by a kickb "That what feeds you can also destroy you." To catch a thief or not --that's the question. What if the thief was your own spouse? Or a company worker? Or.... "Strength is knowing when to get the F.. out of the way." FIGHT ON! Enter Nora our forensic accountant who turns up more than missing money and crooked individuals. She sure as hell writes the wrongs and strikes them down! Oh, you go girl!! MINDY this was amazing! Wait did you just mention an anti-feminist empire known as 'Strike' owned by a kickboxer and marketing genius husband is in the works? Oh hell yeah and don't forget that kickboxing tournament is sure to rack them up with plenty of money flowing in all directions. Now, what was this about $20 mill being missing? Wait, what?! You know ladies, sometimes things heat up especially when working out--hint-- and so bring in Aaden to comfort us all. Logan what shall you say on this matter?-crickets?! #UnexpectedConnections The twist and turns on this one were wonderful with nothing to ponder after it was complete. After all Parish Forensics is more than just a name ... In the end, I'd dare say the person being hunted became the hunter! It's a marketing genius ...and please don't ever apologize for winning! N~E~V~E~R~ Thank you Mindy and publisher for a fab new read that surely is memorable!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    Normally, a book about forensic accounting and kickboxing wouldn’t be for me. I’m the least athletic person on earth and accounting is...accounting. But since Mindy Mejia is the author of said book, I knew I was in for a thrilling time, no matter the subject. In STRIKE ME DOWN, Nora Trier’s firm has been hired to track down missing money (twenty million dollars, to be exact) that has been allocated for winners of Strike Down, an epic kickboxing tournament hosted by athletic empire Strike. Nora, Normally, a book about forensic accounting and kickboxing wouldn’t be for me. I’m the least athletic person on earth and accounting is...accounting. But since Mindy Mejia is the author of said book, I knew I was in for a thrilling time, no matter the subject. In STRIKE ME DOWN, Nora Trier’s firm has been hired to track down missing money (twenty million dollars, to be exact) that has been allocated for winners of Strike Down, an epic kickboxing tournament hosted by athletic empire Strike. Nora, already drawn to Logan Russo, one of Strike’s owners, fears she won’t be able to remain impartial during the investigation, but as she delves deeper into tracing the money, she finds herself more invested in the outcome than she ever could have imagined. Despite my initial judgement of both forensic accounting and kickboxing, I found myself completely intrigued by both of these worlds, which Mejia brings to vivid life. I also loved that the glass-encased Minneapolis skyway was used as a central image in the book, one that, to me, served as a potent metaphor for several of the story’s themes and plot lines. This book is unlike any thriller I’ve ever read, and at times, the search for the money (and what its disappearance might signify) was as riveting as any missing person investigation. Mejia has created an empowering, unique story with complex and alluring characters. Being a suspense writer myself, I often have a hunch as to where a thriller might be going, but with this one, I had no idea, and it was such a fun and fascinating ride from beginning to end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    An interesting forensic accounting book. More about following the money and clues than finding a killer. More of a suspense story where you just have to finish it to find out who did it! Some twists that were unusual and unexpected. A bit different but interesting nonetheless. Strike is a company that has health clubs all over the US. The clubs feature kickboxing workouts and empowering people from all walks of life whoever they are. The concept is smart. The face of the clubs is Logan Russo, tough An interesting forensic accounting book. More about following the money and clues than finding a killer. More of a suspense story where you just have to finish it to find out who did it! Some twists that were unusual and unexpected. A bit different but interesting nonetheless. Strike is a company that has health clubs all over the US. The clubs feature kickboxing workouts and empowering people from all walks of life whoever they are. The concept is smart. The face of the clubs is Logan Russo, tough, outspoken and a huge kickboxing star.... A legendary champion. Strike is sponsoring the biggest kickboxing championship ever. It will take place in a football stadium and have 20 million dollars in prize money. Plus, one of the winners will have a chance to be the new face of Strike marketing, which will launch a new star in the kickboxing world. There is just one problem-all the prize money is missing. It is found to be gone a few days before the tournament. Parrish Forensic Accounting is called in to try and find out what happened to the money. Nora Trier is in charge of the work to be done to trace missing millions. The clock is ticking. Nora gets pulled in to a world that is very different from her own and the risks keep escalating. She is part investigator and part accountant and will need every lie detecting trick learned in the courtroom and out. Who is guilty? Who is not? Which people are lying? How can 20 million go missing without any trace? Impossible.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    DNF @22% 2020; Atria/Emily Bestler Books I went into this audiobook right after finishing another audiobook, and was already having a tough tie with Strike Me Down. I did not tag it as "currently reading" as I wasn't even sure I was going to make it past the 10% mark. But I really should track all of my reading just to see what worked and didn't work for mr. I have been wanting to read Mejia since I saw her cover of Everything You Want Me to Be, and seen it on so many lists. Mejia's writing is wel DNF @22% 2020; Atria/Emily Bestler Books I went into this audiobook right after finishing another audiobook, and was already having a tough tie with Strike Me Down. I did not tag it as "currently reading" as I wasn't even sure I was going to make it past the 10% mark. But I really should track all of my reading just to see what worked and didn't work for mr. I have been wanting to read Mejia since I saw her cover of Everything You Want Me to Be, and seen it on so many lists. Mejia's writing is well done, and I still want to read her other books. It was the genre of finance and technology suspense that just did not grab me. I stopped at 22% as I did not want to force myself to read this one only to not try another one of the author's books. Take a look at other reviews that may give you a better idea of what this book is like if this is your genre. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tish

    3.5 stars. A fast-moving financial thriller with kick-ass (literally!) characters and enough twists to keep you guessing. Enjoyable to read, but I never really connected with any of the characters. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free e-ARC of this book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    Thriller and accountants shouldn't be words in the same sentence, but this worked. Nora has become a forensic accountant, going after frauds and other financial mysteries, and she's good. But is she good enough to find 20 million dollar that went missing when the only suspects are her client and his wife, who happens to be Nora's idol? You know... I liked this. I enjoyed the read, the idea was good. I was just not into the execution. The first big flaw is that it goes too slowly. And the accountin Thriller and accountants shouldn't be words in the same sentence, but this worked. Nora has become a forensic accountant, going after frauds and other financial mysteries, and she's good. But is she good enough to find 20 million dollar that went missing when the only suspects are her client and his wife, who happens to be Nora's idol? You know... I liked this. I enjoyed the read, the idea was good. I was just not into the execution. The first big flaw is that it goes too slowly. And the accounting bit isn't the one to blame. To be honest, it wasn't complex at all. Also, we have a suicide that is beyond weird, so it had enough elements to make the initial part move. It was all instinging, And yet, we reach like 40% of the book and it still didn't feel like it had begun. Nora even concludes this closer to the end that she was just doing the basic, or something. Even to me the reader it also felt that. I think the other part I didn't enjoy was the thing with Logan, the wife. Nora admired her to insane levels and it was bizarre for me. I know it fits the purpose of the story but some parts made me uncomfortable because Logan seemed the only thing Nora was really interested in. She was cold toward her friends, her husband, the men she flirted with, and I'm not even sure I'd describe her passionate about her job, but she'd sound a little too much when it came to her fantasy about Logan. This is a good book but not so exciting. It did keep me interested in the solution to the mystery but it lacked those moments of boom that makes your heart race when reading thrillers. There were plot twists, I can't say I predicted some of the important ones, but it didn't dazzle me either. Mindy Mejia is insanely talented and her books usually give the feels, but this one lacked the something more I already expect from this author. It's still a solid 3, considering the book itself and not my expectations, it was a nice read, but there are many better, even by this same writer. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Mary McKinnon

    Who said numbers are boring? Take a kick-boxing tournament, $20 million of missing prize money, a tenacious forensic accountant…and you’ve got yourself one heck of a spectacular, original thriller. Mindy Mejia’s STRIKE ME DOWN is fast-paced, masterfully woven and wholly unexpected, with an ending that’ll make your jaw drop. An absolute must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    "People killed for money. People died for it. Love could hurt, but money would strike you down forever. " I've been a fan of author Mindy Mejia since reading her novel Everything You Want Me To Be. Her way with characters, masterful plotting, and ability to tackle a variety of genres (see last year's Leave No Trace for something completely different) reveals her to be one of the most versatile authors of popular fiction working today. Naturally, I was thrilled to accept an offer from her publishe "People killed for money. People died for it. Love could hurt, but money would strike you down forever. " I've been a fan of author Mindy Mejia since reading her novel Everything You Want Me To Be. Her way with characters, masterful plotting, and ability to tackle a variety of genres (see last year's Leave No Trace for something completely different) reveals her to be one of the most versatile authors of popular fiction working today. Naturally, I was thrilled to accept an offer from her publisher to read and review her latest novel Strike Me Down. If there is one benefit to having to spend all of my time at the house, it is that I can stay up into all hours of the night reading a book. Mejia's latest had me doing just that. Nora Trier is at the top of her professional game. Years ago, she was the whistleblower who called out financial fraud at her company. She brought down the entire operation but paid the price for her actions. The head of the company was a personal family friend who guilt-tripped Nora until he ultimately ended his own life. Her family blamed her for his death and ceased all contact with her. Even worse, no other company would hire her. No company, that is, until Parrish, a forensic accounting firm, enlisted her expertise. Now Nora is one of the most accomplished people in her field. She has gained notoriety for her thoroughness (she's solved thousands of cases) and impartiality. It is no wonder then that she is brought in to solve a missing funds case for one of the most visible companies in the world. As a customer of the brand and someone with personal ties to people at the company, Nora will struggle to maintain her independence and protect her shimmering reputation. Headed by kickboxing phenom and face of the company Logan Russo and her husband Gregg Abbott, Strike has become one of the largest and most recognizable fitness companies in the world. The power couple has capitalized on Logan's popularity to build Strike into a company that promotes a fitness lifestyle through protein shakes, gyms, and classes. Their latest effort is a large kickboxing tournament, the likes of which has never been attempted before. The event will be held over several days and culminate in the winner taking a $20 million prize and becoming the new face of Strike. There's only one problem. The prize money is missing! Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia is another hit from the author. On the surface, there is an intricately plotted financial thriller that rivals any of the best I've read. Think an early John Grisham novel, but with a more contemporary flair. What separates this thriller from the pack is the way that Mejia explores the two main characters of Nora and Logan. Both are women who have bucked the odds to become top performers in their respective fields, both have sacrificed a stereotypical personal life to climb the professional ladder, and both are grappling with the ramifications of that decision. These women are not likable in the traditional sense, but I think that is part of what makes the novel so intriguing. Mejia dares to challenge convention and forces the reader to rethink their own expectations. Strike Me Down is another must-read novel from Mindy Mejia that brilliantly layers in contemplations on the female experience in the professional world while never sacrificing the pace and suspense of its break-neck thriller.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Lyman

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I have read other books by this author in the past and have always enjoyed them. And I have to say – this book was pretty perfect for me since it’s about a CPA! And there are a couple funny anecdotes included that made me giggle (included below). This was a solid mystery, it had me guessing pretty much right up to the end. I thought there was going to be more of a “reveal” so there was a small disappointment when I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I have read other books by this author in the past and have always enjoyed them. And I have to say – this book was pretty perfect for me since it’s about a CPA! And there are a couple funny anecdotes included that made me giggle (included below). This was a solid mystery, it had me guessing pretty much right up to the end. I thought there was going to be more of a “reveal” so there was a small disappointment when the plot twist wasn’t quite as twisty as I’d expected. Overall though the whole plot was good and I thought it was well paced, I was interested throughout the book. I didn’t understand the vagueness on why her team was crying about Corbett, and it said they knew something she didn’t, but I can’t remember if we ever found out what that thing is. Also the ending was a little too vague for me. Was there something romantic going on between Nora and Logan? It was a little unclear to me and left it up a little to the reader but I wouldn’t liked it to be a little more definitive. Other than those couple things though it was a really good book and I really enjoyed it. Especially being an accountant myself (and being the dorky kind where I actually like accounting) it was exciting to see an accountant as the main character and topic of the story! And I didn’t even realize that the author is a CPA herself, how fun. I would definitely recommend!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Strike Enterprises has hired forensic accountant, Nora Trier to find out what happened to the 20 million dollar prize money for their upcoming tournament. Strike is owned by husband and wife team, Gregg Abbott and Logan Russo (a famous kick boxer). Nora has connections to both individuals, but feels she can take on this job and remain professional. As Nora searches for answers, she uncovers secrets about this couple and doesn’t know who, if anyone, can be trusted. I hadn’t read anything by Mindy Strike Enterprises has hired forensic accountant, Nora Trier to find out what happened to the 20 million dollar prize money for their upcoming tournament. Strike is owned by husband and wife team, Gregg Abbott and Logan Russo (a famous kick boxer). Nora has connections to both individuals, but feels she can take on this job and remain professional. As Nora searches for answers, she uncovers secrets about this couple and doesn’t know who, if anyone, can be trusted. I hadn’t read anything by Mindy Mejia until now, but I definitely plan to read some of her others books after finishing this fast paced financial thriller. Although the plot didn’t sound like something I would normally be interested in, I found myself pulled into this story and the mystery of what happened to this money. Thank you Atria Books and BiblioFinder for this gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alysia

    Forensic accountant, Nora Trier has just been handed one of the biggest cases in her career. Strike, a major kickboxing company, has hired Nora’s firm to investigate the disappearance of over 20 million dollars in prize money for their highly anticipated tournament. But what will happen when Nora discovers she has her own secret connection to Strike? Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia was such a page turner for me! I knew absolutely nothing about forensic accounting before reading this (didn’t even k Forensic accountant, Nora Trier has just been handed one of the biggest cases in her career. Strike, a major kickboxing company, has hired Nora’s firm to investigate the disappearance of over 20 million dollars in prize money for their highly anticipated tournament. But what will happen when Nora discovers she has her own secret connection to Strike? Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia was such a page turner for me! I knew absolutely nothing about forensic accounting before reading this (didn’t even know it was a thing) and I found it very fascinating! I really loved the strong female characters and the elements of suspense. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming, which I love in any type of thriller. Make sure to look for this one when it hits shelves Tuesday, 4/7! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster and Atria Books for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie - Shobizreads

    Thank you to @Bibliolifestyle and Atria Books for the finished copy of Strike Me Down. In this new thriller from Mindy Mejia, we meet Nora Trier, an expert in forensic fraud cases. She is hired by Strike Enterprises to uncover what happened to 20 million dollars that have disappeared and she only has one week to find out where the money is and who exactly took it. Nora soon finds herself in a confusing situation caught between a husband, Gregg Abbott and his wife, Logan Russo. In order to do her Thank you to @Bibliolifestyle and Atria Books for the finished copy of Strike Me Down. In this new thriller from Mindy Mejia, we meet Nora Trier, an expert in forensic fraud cases. She is hired by Strike Enterprises to uncover what happened to 20 million dollars that have disappeared and she only has one week to find out where the money is and who exactly took it. Nora soon finds herself in a confusing situation caught between a husband, Gregg Abbott and his wife, Logan Russo. In order to do her job, Nora must have neutrality, however, in this case, she may lack that with both Gregg and Logan. Nora recently had a one-night stand with Gregg and has been working out and attending Logan's gym classes (Logan is a famous kick-boxer and the face of Strike). As Nora's investigation continues, new circumstances come to light about a recent Strike employee's death, one of her work partners ends up in critical condition in the hospital and Nora doesn't know who is to be trusted. Will Nora recover the funds in time? Will she be able to overcome her proximity and relationships with Gregg and Logan to determine the truth? This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me engaged until the end.

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