Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it’s grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room…the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.
Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn’t been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn’t asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he’s owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.
While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.
The mysteries, yes the mysteries, plural, are well constructed and kept my curiosity well fed. Even with all of these details swirling around, it was still easy to keep track of all of the moving parts, of which there were many. This, of course, means the emotional experience as a reader is heightened, as with any well written story.
The GhosTV, what else could it do? For Vic? To Vic… to anyone?
Con Dreyfuss. Seriously. What’s up with this dude? And why have so many people bit the dust and been sent to the ghost world from his world?
And Richie. He’s suddenly become more complex and more of a focus… for Vic. Why?
Lisa, Lisa, Lisa… what gives, Lisa?
These are just some of the questions I was asking myself all through my reading of this book. All of these things also made for an oh so satisfyingly thick ‘n juicy story, certainly worthy of Vic and Jacob.
Speaking of, there’s less Vic & Jacob time they spend together. When they are together, it’s meaningful, impactful, and provides more than one twist to the story. Further, they know and can read each other so well, quickly and accurately, allowing them to convey their connection, which is as delicious and meaty as ever.
The atmosphere: smells, temperature, textures and tastes, all of these surround every scene, and do so without feeling overdone since it’s all from Vic’s perspective. For me, it heightens the tension and emotion and consequences of the characters’ actions.
Broad cracks in the walls let gray daylight knife in, and gaps in the plank flooring allowed dust sifting from the decaying mortar to settle into whatever emptiness lay beneath.
Surprises, surprises, surprises. They keep coming all throughout. Just like that atmosphere, they’re filtered through Vic. They’re game changing but didn’t smack me in the face with it. That’s Vic.
So. Well. DONE.
Oh, and of course, the humor. Vic may be (even?) more cynical, with a heavier sprinkling of general hope, but his natural humor is alive and kicking. Self-deprecation, eye rolling and intelligent displays had me snorting, grinning and cheering. I shouldn’t be surprised, I guess, that I relate to him so well. We’re basically the same age which means terms like “dickwad” still make me grin.
Character arcs, they’re a horn o’ plenty. Possibly the best of all is one of the ghosts, followed closely in second place by one of the FPMP agents. Really, giving a supporting ghostly character such complete attention? Fantastic. That’s all I’m a’saying.
I savored this, being the last in the series. I read it bits at a time over the last couple of weeks, until I reached the last quarter on a weekend and read until the end. Noooooooooo, not the end! Sadly, yes the end. Although, to say this and all of the other books in this series aren’t re-read contenders for me would be a bald face lie. Also, Crash! I want to root around in his story.
Love this book, love this series. 😀
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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