Tracie Gerardi continues the adventures of Homicide Detective Alyssa Donovan and her partner Jack Keller. This time, thought, not all the facts are rock-solid and the evidence isn't entirely tangible. Sweeping the homicide unit into a psychological battle, the criminal in this case is smart, but too smart for our protagonists? With Gerardi's characteristic twists and turns, the book is pebbled with humor and genius, and the ending is a complete surprise. The moment you feel you know "who-dunit" you're proven wrong on the next page. Introducing several new characters while keeping us intrigued and entertained by the core group, Copy is a new favorite among the crime-genre lovers.
This time, Gerardi propels her characters into the futuristic elements of the 21st century. Delving into paranormal psychology with hynpnotism and mind control, we as an audience are left stunned by the eerily intense terror surrounded by the very real possibility that our thoughts and actions may one day be entirely controlled by someone else. Still set in the gritty world of Manhattan, this installment explores the seedy bar scene, and Gerardi places musicians, and small shop owners, that often fade into the background of other novels, at the very forefront of her story.
Dynamic and flowing, there is never a moment where the writing goes dry or the characters seem boring. Most new, young authors lose their footing after their first major novel, but Gerardi seems to be growing more bold and confident in her work. Word choice stands out with each character's dialogue, proving that each one has their own fully realized personality down to accent and slang use.
I absolutely could not and would not put this book down. My only criticism would be that Gerardi should strongly consider making her books longer. They just end too soon for my taste.
Book Reviewed by Jaclyn M. Yert
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