Author: Whitley Gray
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.
After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.
The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.
I didn’t know if High Concept from Whitley Gray was going to earn four stars from me. There were times it seemed to drag on, and it took me about half of the book to finally sink into the story. However, in the end there was enough to hold my interest, and that in itself is saying something.
Beck and Zach come from somewhat different worlds. Beck is a deeply closeted robbery/homicide investigator in Denver, Colorado. He has never had a serious relationship. Zach is a highly educated and sought FBI profiler/psychiatrist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He just recently got out of a long-term relationship with a man who is not quite ready to let go. This isn’t the first time their paths have crossed, but last time did not end on a high note. Another serial murder case brings them back together, and passion explodes. All the while, they have to find the man ultimately responsible for five murders, and possibly more.
As a reader, you know from the early pages who the villain is. Heck, you get to experience scenes from his point of view throughout the story. These scenes, however, are not among my favorite parts of the story because I felt his scenes slowed the main plot (of Zach and Beck hunting the killer) down. The plot was also slowed down some scenes from Zach’s past that I think could have left out. I never did figure out the significance of the whole mess with Darling, except maybe to let us know the Zach has his own demons to fight. But I think that could have been better shown another way.
Overall I liked both Beck and Zach. I had a little trouble following whose head we were in at times, but overall the transitions were smooth, and I enjoyed seeing the mystery unfold from both perspectives. As I said, there were no major surprises in the end, so it was just a matter of how long it would take to play out.
High Concept is my third story from this Ms. Gray, but it was written well before the other two stories I reviewed. There were times that her inexperience showed in the maturity of the writing. Once I was sucked into the story, those instances didn’t hold as much weight with me, however. I will continue to enjoy stories from this author.
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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