Author: JD Ruskin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
When six-year-old Matt Wilson and his Shih Tzu, Pixie, step out of the Stanton Community Hospital and disappear, his desperate parents convince Jaron Greenberg, a local pet psychic, to aid the police in the search. Jaron specializes in finding lost kitties and fixing problem pooches. He isn’t prepared for a case with so much at stake. And as soon as he starts, the abilities he’s had since childhood begin changing and growing in unexpected ways.
Paulo Silva is a veteran detective new to the small town of Stanton. As the low man on the totem pole at Stanton PD, he isn’t happy when the chief assigns him to babysit the pet psychic instead of actively working the missing child case. As Jaron uncovers clues, Paulo starts to wonder if he might be the real thing. Or maybe it’s just his testosterone reacting to what he’s sure is mutual attraction.
When you start a mystery telling the reader exactly who the baddie is, you have to make the journey to capture said baddie worthwhile. Unfortunately, I am not sure that JD Ruskin quite made the grade with Finding Matt. There are parts of the story that were intriguing, and parts that left me wondering why they were included at all.
Finding Matt is all about a detective who fled the state police for a slower quieter life pairing up with a pet psychic to find a missing boy. There are subplots and side plots and back stories galore, but none is fully realized, or tied together well enough to make the story cohesive and compelling. We knew that Matt would be found. We knew that Jaron and his powers would be central to finding him. We knew there would be chemistry between Jaron and Paulo. We knew exactly who had taken Matt and had a pretty darn good idea why. We just had to watch it all play out.
There was just enough intrigue in the relationship between Jaron and Paulo to keep me reading. There was just enough mystery to Paulo and Jaron’s respective pasts to make me want to know more. There was just enough doubt in Jaron’s abilities and usefulness to make me want to see the doubters get theirs in the end. There just wasn’t quite enough resolution to satisfy me in the end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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