I’ve been provided a free copy of ‘Who You Work For’ in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
This review will be mostly spoiler free.
Anthony Mitchell’s ‘Who You Work For’ is an interesting tale about a rough around the edges character that was a better fit in a different time and age. Thomas Moore is an assassin who was trained and developed by his father ‘Partner’. The novel is mostly set in the small town in which Moore lives and the changes his life suddenly makes.
‘Who You Work For’ is a mixed bag, it’s either a two or four star depending on the readers preference of genre. It reads a lot like a Coen Brothers meet Quentin Tarantino movie. There is a lot of unique dialogue and intense action sequences. That said, true to Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino style it has characters that don’t fit the time period and pacing that is sometimes hard to get behind. If the reader is a fan of these types of films/novels then they will likely be a fan of this novel. If the reader is not a fan of this style I would avoid it, not because it’s poorly written, but because stylistically it will wear you down.
I happen to enjoy those styles so I enjoyed the story. The biggest flaw in my opinion was the main character himself, Thomas Moore. He reads like a less interesting version of ‘Dexter’ and I don’t think that was intentional. There is a lot of internal thought processes but the character is both fearful and neurotic and it is difficult for him to interact with the everyday world. Sometimes inconsistently he interacts with the everyday world too well. This causes a rift in his characterization. He did grow on me through time, but it was hard to get behind him in the beginning.
The rest of the characters in the novel were well developed and interesting. They had motives and backgrounds that were engaging and lead the reader to want to know more about them. The small town setting was well developed and felt appropriately intimate and judging. The overall story was encompassing and well thought out. The ending was a bit quick but it is part of a series so I found it an adequate way to end the tale. Thomas Moore goes through a lot of emotional, logical, and physical trials and tribulations throughout the story so I am interested to see what happens in the next novel!