What I expected:
I expected a futuristic world where some people have psychic abilities and where some even use their abilities for nefarious activities. I believed the story would be of crime and solutions found by the team built of seasoned detectives and introduced psychic agents.
What it was:
The story was basically as I expected. However it was extremely convoluted and deep, though engaging and interesting. I enjoyed it for these elements.
The ‘detectives’ Corwin and Nika have West and Gavin forced into their team to help with the solving of their caseload. Corbin is resistant but realises he has no choice. The relations between the team members evolves over the course of the story. Extra insights into the relationships are given through ‘psy’ abilities.
I enjoyed the tale and it’s telling, however the intimate aspects of the story were far too explicit and graphic for my liking. The, what I consider to be, pornographic elements added nothing to the book and in fact detracted from the tale tremendously for me. If I were not reading the book with the aim of reviewing it, I would have left it unread. For that reason I give it only one star.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
Corwin Menivie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.
During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.
But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.
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