BOOK REVIEW: Clean

You have been kicked out the guild for being a drug addict and you are next on a serial killers list – sometimes even being a telepath doesn’t make life any easier.

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.

AUTHOR: Alex Hughes
PUBLISHER: Roc
P/BACK:
340 pages
PRICE:
£7.99
ISBN:
978-0-451-46475-0

Clean is the first in Alex Hughes’ Mindspace Investigations novels. It follows our main character who is a telepath – actually he is a high level telepath who was kicked out the Telephath’s Guild for being a drug addict. He is still not totally over his drug addiction, but now works for the police helping to interrogate suspects and solve their crimes.

This time he is brought in to help catch a serial killer, and quickly as our telepath seems to be the next on the killers list.

Clean is a novel set in a world where people go about in sky cars (reminiscent of Blade Runner) and where people are still getting over the Tech Wars. It is a different blend of urban fantasy with a hint of science fiction thrown in to keep things interesting.

I found our narrator an interesting character, obviously flawed but seeming wanting to change, yet bitter with his treatment by the guild who is thought of as family (The core is mother, the core is father anyone?!). However the fact that we are never told his name made it a little hard to try and connect with him, surely with all the interactions he has with his fellow characters at least one of them would have used his name? His partner Detective Cherabino I also found hard to connect with, I wonder if this was due to the fact that we are given very little background on her. This seems to happen a lot within this novel – we are introduced to characters, yet never really given any info about them (except some of the telepath characters) which meant they lacked a lot of depth for me. Also the Tech Wars are mentioned a lot but only the resulting consequences are discussed, we are never told exactly what happened, I hope Hughes explores this more in his subsequent novels.

Overall a really interesting and new idea what worked well. The main plot was well thought out and followed well all the way through to the end. I think Hughes just needed to spend a bit more time padding out the characters and background information.

A very good first novel and I look forward to seeing where the author will go in his sequel ‘Sharp’. Give it a go!

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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