Series: Mindspace Investigation #4
Published by Audible Studios, Roc Narrator: Daniel Thomas May
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes
on December 2, 2014
Genres: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Audible.com
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Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.
I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”
Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…
Disclaimer: Vacant by Alex Hughes is the first book I have read in the Mindspace Investigation Series. **Unintentional spoilers may be contained in this review.
Vacant by Alex Hughes might have settled better with me, if I would have not listened to it. However, that totally could go the other way. Why am I not sure? It is simple. This is one of those “on the line” books for me. It borders being good and not-so good. When this happens, I normally start thinking way too hard about where or what didn’t work for me.
Too many loose ends untied left me feeling slightly confused and disappointed. Even though I know this is part of a series and some things are expected to be unresolved, it felt like they were exclusive this particular installment and were just left unnecessarily open. If you are going to attempt to this series, I would certainly recommend NOT doing what I did here by starting with this book. Starting at the beginning of this series would likely be the way to go.
I am pretty sad that Vacant didn’t work for me. It really has so many elements that I love – edgy characters, high-tech world, and great conflict. It just didn’t seem to all pull together and work for me.
Audiobook thoughts: Vacant is narrated by Daniel May Thomas. Since I have not read any other books by this author or in this series I cannot tell if my main complaints were actually narrator issues or writing/narrating interpretations. One prime example of this would be the choppiness of the (mostly) inner thoughts of Adam. This made for a bumpy reading that felt like it needed a little caffeine to speed things up and a nice polish to iron out the wrinkles.
I rate Vacant 3 out of 5 Bullets!
I received this title for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.