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Who Is Mr. Plutin?

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Yesterday Vika Serkova was in New York, eating takeout alone in her closet-sized apartment. Today she wakes up with a wedding ring on her finger, next to a man who claims to be her husband. In a designer flat in St Petersburg, Russia. Huh?

Her new reality is full of surprises. She owns only stilettos but can’t take a step in them without falling. People around her seem to t
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Published June 22nd 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Sue Burke
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I belong to an English-language writer’s club here in Madrid, and because there aren’t a lot of us, I sometimes critique books outside my usual preferences. That’s how I got to read the novel Who Is Mr. Plutin? by Rebecca Strong as a beta reader. I’m glad I did.

The setup sounds like it might be a Mary Sue, but it’s not: A young New York Russian-American woman named Vika wakes up one morning in St. Petersburg, Russia, and she’s someone different, someone she knows nothing about. The new Vika is b
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Jessie
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ready for a fun, interesting read, one that crosses cultures and makes you laugh? If so, jump into Who Is Mr. Plutin?, a new novel by author Rebecca Strong. I picked it up and couldn't put it down - for here is a heroine somewhat like the rest of us, who blunders around, tries her hardest, and is stunned at the way her life has turned out. It's a tale of Russia and New York, of memory and spying, of family and money. What I love most is that this book is relateable - for despite crossing culture ...more
Cathy Beyers
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having lived in Russia for many, many years, this was really a book for me. I wonder if the author lived in Russia too. She must at least have spent some time there because she managed to capture the whole atmosphere and mentality wonderfully accurately.
The plot of this "mystery" is a little far-fetched, but because the main character Viktoria is so believable and funny, I was happy to go along with the story. Most of the big events could never happen in real life, as any Russian who has ever t
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Kat Stephens
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not joking when I say Who is Mr. Plutin? engrossed me so much that I missed my stop on the bus. Like another commenter, I had intended to take the book to read on holiday but got too wrapped up in it and finished it before I left. It's fun and fast, easy to read and with plot twists and turns that are impossible to guess at. It was easy to dip in and out of, although hard to put down, and despite reading the book during a heatwave, Rebecca Strong's vivid descriptions of icy cold Russia left ...more
Krista
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book that suffers from a title that poorly captures its hilarious essence. (The matroshka doll cover does a far better job!) The short summary is this: Our heroine wakes up one day in Russia, finding out she's living an alternate life and has no memory of that life prior to that original day. Her story interweaves with the political menace of a Russian leader named "Plutin" (guess who!) and his intrigues against a make-believe country that is apparently Eastern European. This amnesia/t ...more
Nicola Jane
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The only book I've read that was in any way similar to this was Helen Fielding's post Bridget Jones Olivia Joules spy chick lit. Who is Mr Plutin? succeeds where that failed as it's light and funny without resorting to having the heroine be ditzy and clueless. I found it to be one of those books that I read quite fast because I really wanted to find out what happened next but also because I was enjoying the insight into the Russian it-girl highlife but tempered as it was by the grounding of the ...more
Katie Hamstead
What a fantastic book! From the very first page I was completely hooked. Vika has such a wonderful voice, and as a reader, following her discovery of who she is after the hypnosis wiped her memories is mesmerizing. There are so many twists and turns, intrigues, complications, the book kept me turning page after page to find out what was going on.
Each character has their own agendas, and their personal twists and interactions with Vika are fantastic. Vika's conflict between her husband and father
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Natalia Alvarez Bilbao
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written! I love it when books transport you into a different country and offer all these exciting adventures, mysteries, jokes and lessons. I now almost consider myself an expert in upper class Russian culture and lifestyle. Im a character lover, so when a writer takes the time to properly define each and every one of the characters in a story, she wins me over. Like the great actors say, there are no small parts, only small actors. Rebecca Strong applies this quote in her work and t ...more
Dagmar
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the moment that Vika Serkova wakes up in St Petersburg trying to figure out whats going on, I was immediately drawn into the story and rooted for the funny main character. Since shes gotten herself into quite some mess, it went through lots of unexpected encounters, twist and turns, always with a comical look on the contemporary Russion upper class and unavoidable culture clashes. It was a fast and very entertaining read, especially because of the way that it is held together by its hilario ...more
Laurie Palmer
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute little book. It was a pleasant way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. I didn't care for the ending though. I had the feeling that she just stopped without knowing what next. If there was a follow up book I would read it. I won't be keeping this as a permanent part of my library but have passed in onto a friend who I think will enjoy it. This was a free book I won at Goodreads
Rebecca
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a review of the quirky spy comedy Who Is Mr. Plutin? written on release week, I swear! I was waiting for it to get published somewhere amazing before I updated my Goodreads review. And guess where I published it? The Moscow Times! Read my full review here.
Melinda Trotter
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A funny, intriguing, fast paced mystery full of danger that hooks the reader from one chapter to the next. When I read the publisher's description of the plot and sneaked a peek of the first 3 chapters in LookInside (under Kindle format), I just had to buy it. It was well worth it and I hope there will be a sequel.
Gena DeBardelaben
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
eARC: Netgalley

Funny, intriguing, and all around delightful! I hope this book catches on so more people get the pleasure of reading it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I received this ARC, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it!
Jackie Garcia
Interesting political plot

Interesting behind the scenes spy story. I wonder how often hypnosis is used in the spy world? Russia is an interesting setting.


Vitalmommy
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Quick and entertaining read.
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Rebecca Strong’s first experience with the writing craft came at a tender age of three when she stuck a pen refill into an electric outlet. Sparks flew in more ways than one but didn’t ignite a full writing career until many years later when Rebecca discovered that putting words on a page beat all of her previous endeavors in terms of being fulfilling and agonizing at the same time.

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