Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Clean (Mindspace Investigations #1) by Alex Hughes

September 4, 2012 | Roc
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A RUTHLESS KILLER—OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Interesting debut featuring a telepath struggling to stay clean while assisting the police in a search for a serial killer. 

The first installment in the Mindspace Investigation series is a sci-fi mystery set in an alternate version of Atlanta with telepaths, teleporters, and occasionally some telekinesis.

The protagonist is a former addict still struggling with his recovery, constantly craving a drug known as Satin.

He's a high level telepath working with the DeKalb County Police Department as one of their top interrogators. Unfortunately, given his abilities and former habit, respect and trust are hard to come by, so being an asset to the department doesn't guarantee acceptance or approval.

He spends the majority of his time with Cherabino, a character that I had difficulty connecting with. She typically conveyed one of two emotions, anger or annoyance. As a result, she came across as being too hard and was very difficult to like. 

The protagonist and Cherabino work together to solve a string of murders with confusing, mysterious circumstances. The Guild eventually becomes involved, politics come into play, and the protagonist is forced to face painful parts of his past that he would rather forget.

Overall, I found Clean to be an entertaining debut with a protagonist who didn't exactly grab me from the beginning, but became more interesting as the story progressed. There were some rough spots and the pacing was a bit slow for my taste, but I'm still looking forward to what comes next.

The sequel, Sharp, is scheduled to release April 2013.


Braine TS said...

The synopsis sounds interesting but after reading your review, I don't think this book's for me. Thanks for reading this Cat, now I don't have to :P

Holly Vance said...

I have to agree with Braine TS--the back of the book blurb might have grabbed me, but your insightful review deters me as well. I appreciate how candid you are--very tasteful and as objective as possible.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Braine - LOL! No prob. That's what book blogger friends are for, right? ;-)

Holly - Thank you! I always find it more difficult to write reviews for books that I have mixed feelings about. It's much easier when I know I loved what I've read or even if I hated it. This one just happened to fall in between.

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