The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd
Author: Holly Kerr
Chick lit meets spy thriller!
Charlotte Dodd is having a bad day.
After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.
Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.
When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams – they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.
Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.
Unfortunate things seemed to happen wherever Charlie Dodd is involved. The gas leak, car running in red light, and being shoved to the subway platform… These were accidents, right? Hmm, if you’ll ask me, I highly doubt it. Because her boyfriend of two years happened to be one of suspected members of a group that Charlotte’s family was investigating.
The only problem is: Charlotte doesn’t remember a thing about investigations. Or about secret government agencies. Neither about being a spy. Charlotte has no recollection about her secret life. At all.
Charlotte or Lottie seems to be having her normal life. Until she sees a man being beaten up by thugs and she surprisingly knows how to pull a gun and apprehend the thugs. As if it was natural of her to get into trouble and deal with villains. Soon, she’s face-to-face with the people who claim that she’s a spy. Her brothers. Her grandfather. Her partner. Was she living a lie all this time?
This was a nice easy read. Charlotte Dodd reminds me of some characters that left an impact in my viewing life. Still remember Sydney Bristow, CIA secret agent extraordinaire from ALIAS? I loved her in the TV series (especially whenever she’s with Vaughn) and was one of those who cried when the show ended. And Charlie’s fascination with Alias all the more made me love the book. Then Charlotte also reminds me of Taylor Shaw from Blindspot – a show about a mysterious tattooed woman who has lost her memory and does not know her own identity. Yep, I’m a big fan of crime drama/spy drama series so beat it.
Seriously though, this book took me in a spin. The first part was a little kinda confusing, which was okay because it got the reader guessing and excited. When I got to the middle part, that’s when all hell broke loose. Charlotte Dodd is a whopper. A firecracker. Feisty, silly, snarky firecracker. Her secret life slowly catches up on her, and along the way, she may have come out a little whiny sometimes, convincing herself to go with the flow but doing the exact opposite and stuffs like that. In the end, it was all about family, betrayal, decisions, decisions and more decisions. Glad that I was able to read it until the last page. I’m sure there’s a lot more in store for Charlie and I can’t wait to find out more.
Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with a twist. No broody men, no obsessions with shoes, just fun stories about strong women going after what they want.
Her books include Coming Home, Unexpecting and Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder and her latest, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.
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