Monday, October 24, 2011

Olivia’s Kiss / Catherine Durkin Robinson

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words

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A freelance writer, Catherine Durkin Robinson has written columns and articles for several magazines and newspapers including The Tampa Tribune, The Washington Post, and Creative Loafing. She has one other novel, Learning Curves. For more, visit Robinson’s website.


After fatally shooting her abusive father in the head in her teens, Olivia realized she had a talent that could also make the world a better place. She is making a living, ridding the world of men like her father, but when Max, her longtime love, proposes marriage, Olivia is faced with a choice.


While some fiction takes a look at domestic abuse from a realistic viewpoint, Olivia’s Kiss goes beyond that. In the protagonist, Olivia, we have someone bigger than life. A character not unlike a paid killer we might find in a thriller. She’s a serial killer, but also a hero, built on a Robin Hood archetype of a character doing what is considered bad by some standards with a good result.

But more than domestic abuse and a Robin Hood story, Olivia’s Kiss is a story about making choices. How most decisions have tradeoffs. How a path taken early can set a direction that will become harder and harder to change. With a combination of excitement, do-gooding, and introspection, Olivia takes the reader on a unique journey.


Contains adult language and some mild sexual situations.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars


Vicki said...

Great review. Already on my reading list. :)

Sharon said...

Sounds fantastic. Just added it to my reading list.