Review of The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich

The Recovery Agent

Janet Evanovich

March 22, 2022

Atria Books


Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent marks the start of an irresistible new series that will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.

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If Indiana Jones and Lara Croft got together, their love child would be Gabriela Rose, the heroine in Janet Evanovich’s latest novel, The Recovery Agent. Gabriela is a recovery agent, which means that people hire her to find lost things of all kinds. On her last adventure she set out to recover a pendant but a panther ate it. That is sometimes life in Gabriela’s world. Before heading back to New York City, she returns to her hometown, Scoon, which has never recovered from a hurricane that ravaged it. There her grandmother tells her that Annie the ghost says that there’s a treasure under the floorboards in the home that Gabriela inherited that now belongs to her ex-husband, Rafer. The treasure could revitalize Scoon, encourage all those who had left to return. It’s a fantastical idea that a ghost would tell Gabriela’s grandmother about a treasure and it may be equally fantastical that Gabriela follows through on the information and finds a treasure chest with maps, as well as her ex-husband. The ensuing adventure takes Gabriela, Rafer and the reader on a wild ride from Peru to Costa Rica to New York to California to Scoon. Buckle up!

The Recovery Agent was so enjoyable that I couldn’t put it down. Gabriela is a kickass heroine who has changed significantly since she was married to Rafer. Her knowledge of weapons and her ability to defend herself never ceases to surprise him. I love a female MC who can more than take care of herself. The banter between Gabriela and Rafer was witty, swift, and well-written. All of the secondary characters also added humor to the story as well as resourcefulness.

The search for treasure was an adventure that introduced Gabriela and Rafer to El Dragon, a vicious drug lord who has been searching for the same ring that they are looking for so that he can call upon its supposed supernatural powers. He’s also insane and driven.

This was one of the most fun stories I’ve read in a long time and I’m so glad that it’s the beginning of a new series. Between the adventure and the seriously fun chemistry between Gabriela and Rafer, I can see some definitely great episodes in the future, especially if they continue to be guided by Granny and her ghost friend. A great start to a new series.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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