Book Review: The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn

18144009Title: The Intern’s Handbook

Author: Shane Kuhn

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Humor, Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published: April 8, 2014

Page Amount: 276 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Interns are invisible. That’s the mantra behind HR, Inc., an elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins-for-hire, taking down high-profile executives who wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it. At the ripe old age of twenty-five, John Lago is already New York City’s most successful hit man. He’s also an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, clocking eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all the grunt work no one else wants to do. But he isn’t trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm’s heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover, enabling him to gather intel and gain access in order to pull off a clean, untraceable hit.

Why Read: I can’t quite remember who recommended this to me, but it was right up my alley. I’m a huge fan of anything involving assassins or spies. And the concept of this book is just so PERFECT. The whole premise is that a secret organization puts assassins out for hire as interns, because no one remembers an intern… and I’m currently an intern.

Review: I love a good second-person POV. That said… it can be an annoyance to read if it’s done incorrectly or (more likely) poorly. But for Shane Kuhn in the Interns Handbook? He does it with the same ease that John Lago kills anyone that the organization tells him to. The book is structured as though you, a young intern, finds it somewhere and John wants to personally give you the down-low on what’s going on at HR-Inc.

Character development was really really excellent. I normally skip this part because I’ve forgotten the main character or I’ve ignored pertinent details about how they grew from Part A to Part B. But in this case, I’m making an exception because it was absolutely incredible. I won’t spoil anything, but John Lago’s transformation of sorts is an absolute pleasure to read. His whole world view must shift to adjust to this new reality, and I don’t know how Kuhn does it – but it’s memorable.

It was a tricky book to read, plot-wise. I kept finishing chapters of the book and thinking, ah yes, we’re arriving at the conclusion – it’s almost complete. But then, I would check the percentage amount of my kindle and I would only be 40 or 60 percent of the way through! It was absolutely enthralling to be caught off guard so many times. As someone who reads quite a lot of thriller novels, it’s fairly easy to predict what will happen or when the book is rounding the corner from climax to descending action. What is so great about this book was that I couldn’t predict what would happen. By the time I actually finished it, I was actually quite suspicious…

Point being – the book is fantastic and I enjoyed every second of my commute to and from work just so that I could read a little bit more of this fun and laugh-out-loud novel! Definitely recommended from me!

Rating: 4,75/5 Stars

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather says:

    Someone posted about this a while ago (can’t for the life of me remember who) and I remember thinking then that I’d like to read it. You’ve definitely reencouraged (that’s not even a word) to give it a go!

    1. Gabriella says:

      It was absolutely hilarious. I enjoyed every part of it haha – though I’m not sure if I want to read the sequel, oh well haha!

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