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Fifth Victim (Charlie Fox #9)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  510 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
On Long Island, the playground of New York’s wealthy and privileged, Charlie Fox is tasked with protecting the wayward daughter of rich businesswoman Caroline Willner. It seems that an alarming number of the girl’s circle of friends have been through kidnap ordeals, and Charlie quickly discovers that the girl herself, Dina, is fascinated by the clique formed by these forme ...more
Hardcover, US, 448 pages
Published January 12th 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published 2011)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 02, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is the first Zoe Sharp book I've read and the first Charlie Fox book I've read... pretty good.

I generally like the idea of body guard characters and once this one got started it was fairly interesting.

Again as I've said before I think you'll spot a lot of what's behind this book. I was drawn in and yet repelled. The book, the plot was good...some of the characters however ticked me off royally.

The story does have a strong (and for me annoying) strain of romance. I could have lived without t
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Another thrilling ride with Charlie Fox. Ms. Sharp continues to write masterfully artful stories about Charlie's endless thrilling experiences. I have read this series from the beginning and in order, which, in my humble opinion, is vital in order to fully appreciate the depth of this character. The author has a real talent for keeping the arc of the story alive without falling into the same old revolving door of same plot, different location. Even though Charlie's adventures all stem from her j ...more
Elizabeth A.
Mar 07, 2012 Elizabeth A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though she’s extremely good at it, close-protection specialist (that’s bodyguard to you and me) and ex-special forces soldier Charlie Fox nevertheless has a bit more fighting experience than she’d prefer. This is especially true following the disastrous results of her last job, in Barry Award finalist for Best British crime novel Fourth Day, the repercussions from which she is still sorting through.

There’s no rest for the highly skilled and in-demand, however, and Fifth Victim once again fi
J.F. Penn
Charlie Fox is a close protection bodyguard and in this book, she's called in to protect a rich heiress in a community of the super-wealthy. Young people are being kidnapped, held for ransom and in some cases tortured, and Charlie's aim is to prevent Dina being taken. But when one of kidnappings go too far, the stakes are suddenly much higher than before.

Written in first person, you feel like you're there with Charlie, her sense of humour is dry and she's totally kick-ass, but not reckless, whi
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Fifth Victim’ by Zoe Sharp
Published by Allison & Busby, March 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7490-0932-8

With her partner Sean Myer lying in a coma, ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox takes a job as a bodyguard in Long Island, protecting the young daughter of an Investment banker, following a spate of kidnapping amongst the wealthy Long Island set. Whilst Charlie takes to her employer, the formidable Caroline Willner, the daughter Dina is a rebellious teenager who insists she doesn't need a bodyguard.
Aug 04, 2012 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being interested in reading series mystery/detectives I ran across Zoe Sharp during my aimless wandering through book worlds online. I admit, reading the reviews I was skeptical as to whether or not I'd like this book for the simple reason that I'm interested in a particular type of hero (principled but tempted by physical violence, alone in the world by choice but always tempted to abandon this lifestyle). Female main characters usually do not fit this model if my previous reads are any indicat ...more

The best so far in this "thriller" series featuring Charlie Fox. Sharp has made Charlie a much more fully realized and mature character at this stage which makes a more enjoyable read (versus all "action").

Charlie is an ex-Special Forces who works as a "close protection" bodyguard. In this case she is assigned to protect a spoiled rich brat 20-something amidst a string of kidnappings of spoiled rich brats in The Hamptons.

Naturally, she is called on to protect her charge, but ultimately to unr
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. This was a free library kindle book and I didn't have anything else on hand to read. I prefer to start series at the beginning.
WHAT I LIKED: The characters and the way the author has a little cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. Also, it was different as most of the books I read are police procedurals. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I don't like first person. I think it makes books too wordy and slows down the action and for whatever reason I thought it it happened in this book. At about 75
Feb 18, 2012 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Charlie is deeply depressed as her partner Sean remains in a coma from a near-fatal head shot. Her boss Parker asks her to become a bodyguard to the daughter of a wealthy Hampton's socialite after a series of unreported kidnappings/ransoms. Things quickly turn deadly as the wealthiest ends up dead. Charlie is able to detect that the victims are not so innocent, but her charge (Dina) is grabbed and Charlie races against the clock to save her life. End of the book has a couple of surprises, relati ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I've missed seeing this author for the last ten years, but this is a great series. This is the 9th and most recent book. Strong female protagonist, lots of romance suggestiveness but never really goes there, sharp plot twists and definite suspense. All good. No sex; violent, but not graphically so.
Dec 31, 2011 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Sharp once again proves herself my absolute favorite adrenaline author. Focused storytelling, fascinating heroine, keen dialogue, and an overall thrilling ride.
Feb 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of action in this latest Charlie Fox book. Like Charlie, though I was a little irritated with how often her boss had to come consult on developments. When's the next one due out?
May 17, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Fox is back to be being a close protection specialist in this novel--to a rich young lady who is danger of being kidnapped, since other young adults of moneyed background have been taken lately in her neighborhood. Charlie is distracted because her boyfriend Sean isn't in the picture (no spoilers here), but she manages, of course, to take care of the problems. Good lead-in to the next book though--off to request it through interlibrary loan now!
Jan 12, 2012 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Story: B+
Narration: B-

When Parker Armstrong, head of the Armstrong Meyer close protection agency, is hired by Caroline Willner to provide bodyguard service for her daughter Dina, he assigns the job to Charlotte “Charlie” Fox. Charlie is English and ex-army and after her life was turned upside down and she was court-martialed she parlayed her uncanny marksmanship, hand-to-hand skills, and ability to react instinctively to a threat into a job as a bodyguard with help from her lover Sean Meyer. Wit
Gloria Feit
Mar 04, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Fox [nee Charlotte Foxcroft] is a “take no prisoners” kinda gal. Now nearing thirty, she takes on a new assignment for her company, Armstrong-Meyer, a "close-protection" [read "bodyguard"] organization: to protect a young woman from kidnapping. The preemptive action by the girl’s mother is due to the fact that three of her friends have been kidnapped, a fourth is abducted in the early pages of the book, and the fear is that she will become the titular fifth victim. The families of all th ...more
May 15, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series. Her lover Sean Meyer is in a coma as a result of a bullet to the head, suffered as a result of the Fourth Day (2010) cult case. Charlie caught the shooter and turned him over to the feds, but agent Epps releases him to infiltrate other cults. Now he's in the wind. Meanwhile she is working to prevent a kidnapping on Long Island and becoming aware that boss Parker is attracted to her.

"Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series - Charlie Fox must choose between her dut
Jul 07, 2012 Hobart rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Zoë Sharp gets better and better every time.

Reeling from the events of Fourth Day, Charlie Fox is tasked with preventing the kidnapping of a young socialite. Recently, a few of her peers had been kidnapped and tortured, and the client wants to prevent that from happening to her daughter. Drama ensues pretty much the way you'd expect it to in this kind of novel.

There's an character development and a greater emotional depth than you'd find in a Jack Reacher novel (the only thing I can think of to
K, Nz
I was hooked right from the first chapter. My initial read in March this year was to find out what happened to Sean - a slower re-reading a couple of weeks ago meant a much richer experience, especially after reading 'Postcards From Another Country' in 'Fox Five'. The author website has the story synopsis and interesting background
so I won't go into more detail here.

I enjoy this series so much, and 'Fifth Victim' is such a satisfying book. I love seeing different
I listened to the audio version and feel it was well done. I've not read any others in the series and am not sure whether or not I will pursue others. The story was good. One element that I could not wrap my head around, though, was the guilt that the protagonist voiced in so many circumstances. I don't know if this would have been as obvious when experienced in the text version. You know the narrator is good when the really irritating aspects of characters get to you. There is no backstory that ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I am disappointed that I couldn't find this book or the one before it on Amazon in electronic format. Consequently I borrowed this book in paper format but still haven't read the previous one. So, I've missed a bit of the lead-up into this book although it's not completely necessary for figuring out what is going on. it was interesting to get to know Parker's character a bit in this story and I like that a few other characters keep popping up every now and again (like Joe). Charlie was great, as ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie is trapped in an emotional no man's land and is cajoled back to work to put her mind in another place,supposedly a healthier place. But she's soon neck deep in the intrigue. Terror,horror and sorrow follow for all involved,except the perpetrators who remain hidden 'til the end. Another "can't put it down novel". A gripping finale has us all on tender hooks awaiting the next thrilling roller coaster ride. Die Easy,due Oct 2012 can't come soon enough Zoe. All in all the best series I've ev ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Smoochys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharp is sharp. This book picks up three months after the events of Fourth Day. Parker Armstrong assigns Charlie to protect a spoiled rich kid whose friends, also spoiled and rich, have been either kidnapped or are potential targets of being kidnapped. Sharp showed how Charlie's upper-middle class upbringing made her fit quite comfortably in that world. The mystery was very good, and figuring out who the kidnapping mastermind was was well concealed. If only Sharp would just stick a knife in the ...more
Denise Dougherty
Jun 10, 2015 Denise Dougherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three plus stars. Really liked this story, my first by the author. Liked it so much, I found her first book at the library (Killer Instinct) and am blazing through that as well. Too bad Fifth Victim was the only audio book available through my library. But, I'm reading the first book so quickly "page turners" may not be so bad for the others ...

The central character is the first female who isn't a comic book character and is truly believable. The first book gives you her background. I like that
Jan 10, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
The only thing more terrifying than fighting for your life is fighting for someone else’s…
Bodyguard and ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox would do anything to take her mind off her partner; shot, left for dead and now lying in a coma. So concentrating on a new assignment seemed like the perfect way to escape the pain, and her own empty apartment.

The job looked simple: to protect the naive daughter of an investment banker from a ruthless gang of kidnappers. But when her instincts lead Charl
Any Length
Nov 28, 2012 Any Length rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Charlie Fox Thriller and I loved it. I would really like to go back and start the series from the first book and work my way through. I loved particularly that it is written in the first person. The story is believable and there aren't any obvious "pie in the skye" type injuries which the heroine just disregards even though blind Freddy could tell you that you can't even dress yourself with those injuries, as in some other books. I like stories that are more real and less "super ...more
The spoiled rotten offspring of the uber-rich Long Island families are being kidnapped and need specialized personal protection - that's where Charlie Fox and her boss Parker come in. It's a look at the ugly side of the Beautiful People, with expensive toys, mind games, car chases, hand-to-hand combat, a motorcycle wreck, double-crosses, bribes, murder, and gun play to keep the adrenalin flowing and the pages turning.

It's a smart, well written action packed thriller with an appealing protagonist
Jun 03, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it
Starting in the middle of a series that builds on each successive book is never a good idea, but I was desperate for something exciting to read. Good enough to make me want to start at the beginning.

Charlie Fox is an ex-special forces soldier turned bodyguard. Her partner/romantic interest has been seriously wounded and left in a coma in the previous book. Charlie visits him daily and brings him a hot cup of coffee to try and stir his senses into awakening.

In the meantime, she has been assigned
Paullei Mumme
Apr 28, 2012 Paullei Mumme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enticing read, but I felt a little bit of a let down that the Parker's character hasn't developed enough to lead me to the events in the book. While the material has been there for several books, the author has glossed over it leaving me feeling as though the characters has become two dimensional instead of coming alive in my mind as the words come of the page. The are some very poignant parts of the book that redeem itself and in true Zoe Sharp fashion, the ending tugs at my heart and makes ...more
Camille Turner
Mar 16, 2012 Camille Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I got into the book, I was like "Please don't let this disintegrate into a run-of-the-mill suspense story." It didn't. While I did guess part of what was going on and who was the mastermind, some of the ending was a surprise. The 2nd part of the ending (yes there were multiple story arcs)was somewhat unexpected. Charlie Fox is a little too perfect in the Jack Reacher hero way, but has enough baggage to make me want to hear more from her. And trust me, the ending left it wide open for the n ...more
The Cats Mother
Another brilliant thriller in the Charlie Fox series, this one has her assigned to protect a rich young woman on Long Island after a spate of kidnappings amongst her peers. With Sean in a coma, her boss Parker is more involved and Charlie is torn by her developing feelings for him. This was a fast read with a sort-of cliffhanger ending, so I'm glad I've got the next one lined up, but then I'll have to wait for them as they come out!
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Zoë Sharp spent most of her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She became a freelance photojournalist in 1988 and started writing her Charlie Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threats in the course of her work.
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