Shadow's Edge: Psychic Detective Mysteries
- Psychic Detective Series, Book 1
- Narrated by: Kale Williams
- Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-19-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: S.C. Wynne
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Some madman is slitting the throats of young male prostitutes and then dumping their bodies in the desert with vague clues of pink feathers and the number five. Usually, Liam can talk to the spirits of the dead. But someone is blocking him. Someone is taunting him.
The case is rapidly deteriorating into a violent, psychic pissing contest, and Liam can't see far enough ahead to figure out who wins or who dies.
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By Sara S. on 03-20-18
I am in love with this series. I need more!
I woke up this morning with Liam and Thompson on my mind. If that doesn't tell you how I felt about this book before you read another word of my review... know that.
What do you get when you take a grieving psychic who the dead talk to and one gruff police detective who has unrequited feelings for said psychic and have them work a case that could cost them their lives? You get one hell of a romantic mystery that I adored.
Nine months ago, Liam Baker lost the love of his life William and in that time, he’s not been the same. Liam has tried to take his life and if it weren’t for William’s friend, Detective Kimball Thompson there to save and take care of Liam, Liam wouldn’t be living at all. Literally.
I liked that Liam and Thompson have a shared history before the story begins. I didn’t need to see them meet or have their first awkward moments, I liked them being comfortable as work partners and as friends given the circumstances. As the story is told through Liam’s POV, we get how he sees his life and how he sees Thompson, a bit confusing but also the rock that grounds him when he’d rather fly away from the pain of losing William.
I dug Liam and his psychic ability. I’ve always liked books, movies or TV shows that use a psychic to aid law enforcement to find killers and this is just another I have added to the my list. I have to say, I dug that it took place in California and maybe close to where I am. Giving distance with time instead of miles is such a California thing to do and the mention of the desert so close to Los Angeles has me doing my own distance calculations.
"Perhaps good things really did come in packages you'd never expect. Maybe sometimes, those packages were steadfast rumpled men with orange auras so bright they hurt your eyes".
I loved Thompson. OMG he was amazing with how he took care of Liam and you felt how much he was in love with him from the first time Liam says Thompson rescued him after William died. I wanted nothing more than Thompson to be happy but the UST between these two was killing me. Goodness, yeah thank goodness for love triangles and men that make Liam wake up and take notice of what is right in front of him.
And yet I get Liam. There is no time stamp on grief and how long it takes one to get over losing a loved one. Though we never get details of how William died, one can deduct it was in the line of duty since Thompson is a cop and that's how he knew William. You don't need to know much about William in this story other than he brought Liam and Thompson together and how much they both feel his loss.
New to me narrator Kale Williams did an amazing job bringing the story to life. Each character was distinctive even down to the odd accent that had my weird brain thinking of an Eddie Izzard skit about a voice box being stuck on demonstration. Williams gave the story the intensity, intimacy and mystery it needed to fly off the page and straight to my ears making my day at work doing a boring report so very worth it.
I love UST and it was given in major doses in this. Yeah. The tension and heat coming off of Thompson was stunning and once Liam opens his eyes, he got all petty and jealous which was so much fun to see.
The mystery of the serial killer with the clues left and then the twist that comes about was done well. It amped the story up another level and kept me on my toes. The killer was cryptic with his messages and while it was awful to see the murders or the murdered showing Liam what they wanted him to see, it was necessary. I only have two minor things that made me pause while reading. One was the reasoning of the murders. It was weird since none of the clues alluded to the pagan holiday but again, small niggle that didn't take away from the story at all. The other was Thompson’s name. I get law enforcement and military use last names or even shortened last names instead of someone’s given name. My father was named William but called Robbie because his last name was Robertson. But… Thompson never becomes Kimball even after the men are intimate. I guess I was waiting for that moment, for Liam to drop the formality and use Thompson’s name. But again, nothing that took away from the story, just something my brain latched on to.
I am so happy that this is a series and that book two is already out. Though I listened to this one, I am not sure I can wait for the audio to get more of Liam and Thompson.
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By Jovan on 04-02-18
Solid start to a series
This fast-paced, easy read is a solid start to a series. The story follows Liam, a psychic whose main ability is to communicate with “murdered souls” and starts with victim number three of a serial killer case. Liam has wrapped himself in his grief after the death of his partner, William 9 months before, and for the past 3 months has been using his work as a consultant with Detective Kimball Thompson as a lifeline.
The romance between Liam and Thompson has an interesting evolution. Thompson has feelings for Liam, but when Liam admits that he is content to hold onto his grief, Kimball decides he needs to move on and begins dating someone else. When Liam is forced to confront why this bothers him so much, he begins to open up to the idea of moving on. Liam reluctantly coming to terms with having feelings for Thompson was handled well, until the end, which jumped a bit abruptly into love IMO.
As for the serial killer storyline, it was an interesting concept and the killer having powers that could counteract Liam’s was interesting, but the resolution was a bit of a letdown. For all the buildup with the killer’s MO and his abilities, I guess I was expecting a bit more from the final confrontation and the killer’s motive than the standard.
However, it was an enjoyable story and Kale Williams does an excellent job with the narration; I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an audiobook copy of this book.
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By Zedd on 03-27-18
I received this in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I felt invested in the characters and really loved the mystery side of it. I love a good slow burn story and this had me hooked.
Highly recommend this book.
In addition the narrator was excellent and enjoyed the nuances he gave each character.