Mapping the Shadows by Becky Black ~ Book Review by Teresa

MappingtheshadowsTitle: Mapping the Shadows

Author: Becky Black

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: April Martinez

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/16/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction


Ash Bowman is lost. Two years ago he and his cop partner, Evelyn, walked in on a murder in progress that left her dead and him maimed. He left the force and became a private investigator, but business is suffering because of his obsession with mapping the Core of the space station Fraxin Yari, where Evelyn’s ghost haunts him as he prowls the dark corridors.

Journalist Gabe Whitfield is on a mission to learn the truth behind that same murder. He doesn’t expect to stay on Frax after he finishes the job. But meeting Ash Bowman changes his plans. He came to the station a man without ties. He isn’t going to leave the same way.

Despite initially mistrusting him, Ash can’t resist his attraction to the fiery Gabe. Gabe responds, though knows he shouldn’t when Ash is one of the subjects of his investigation. But they come to trust each other and join forces to find the answers Ash had almost forgotten he was still seeking. If they are to have any chance of happiness, Gabe must help Ash lay the ghosts calling him back again and again to the deep darkness of the Core.

My View:

Mapping the Shadows was a great PI mystery slash romance novel. It is set on a space station somewhere in our solar system, which gave great potential for the intrigue that played out. The Core of the station is mysterious and the secrets it keeps, dangerous.

I really liked both MCs. They both had issues but I really felt their connection. They jumped into things rather quickly but the sense of urgency to find the truth helped make their coupling justified. I liked that Ash’s PTSD was dealt with and that Gabe’s love wasn’t used as a magic healing tool to help him recover.

There were many different layers in the story and all facets meshed well. It was well written and compelling. The secondary characters added extra life and I especially liked Kitty.

The use of tech wasn’t overdone. You knew you were in the future, but nothing was confusing or fanciful. It was all very believable.

Recommended for lovers of feisty redheads and brooding excops 🙂


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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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