New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …
For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.
When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.
Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.
What a fabulous sci-fi thriller with a murder mystery to boot. Color me happy if you will. This book warmed the cockles of my heart, I haven't been able to let go of my kindle. I am diving into book 2 as soon as finish this review. I like reading different books, different genres, mixing it up. This was absolutely the perfect time for me read this cracker of a book.
My first book by Matt Doyle, I am so excited about the second book too, I hope it is as good or better than this one. The story starts with Cassandra Tam, a.k.a Caz, a P.I, who is entrusted with the case of the death of Lori's brother, to get to the bottom of it, if it was a suicide or a murder.
I love the way Caz is etched in this book, she is bright, bold, an absolute kickass heroine with daredevil attitude and just a hint of vulnerability with regards to her ex and her present attraction. Can you not make out how much I love her?
Oh let me tell you about her wonderful sidekick, Bart the metallic gargoyle, an A.I, who cawed his way into my heart. He protects Caz to the point of ripping through a man's head. My vengeant heart loved it!!
The story is fast paced, with the world of sci-fi ranging from Tech Shifter to Virtual Reality to Pros and Addicts. They build up the tech atmosphere slowly pervading it into the mystery, giving it the right tinge of a thriller. The murder mystery still required Caz's brain to solve it, the techs could only do so much as the hand that ordered it.
The only niggle I had in the entire book was that the worldbuilding slightly confused me, I had to re-read to understand certain bits. But nonetheless it captured my imagination totally.
Now what I really want is a pendrive or a memory stick which is fingerprint locked as written in the book. That would be a cool birthday gift for me. Anyone listening?!!