Review: Sharp (Mindscape Investigations, #2) by Alex Hughes

April 12, 2013 Review 0

Review: Sharp (Mindscape Investigations, #2) by Alex HughesSharp by Alex Hughes
Series: Mindscape Investigations #2
Published by Roc on April 2, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 339 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars


As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...

SHARP, the second book in the Mindscape Investigations series feels like a mash-up of a noir detective series with supernatural elements. Being a big mystery fan I was surprised at just how much the pacing mirrored a mystery series with a lot more methodical detective work and occasional bursts of action. I also liked how technology was feared and outlawed which forced these modern cops to use more of the simpler methods older noir detectives used. Another interesting and at times a little confusing writing choice was the first person perspective where the main character’s name (Adam) is not mentioned for a good chunk of the book.

Adam’s continued struggles with drug addiction and a diminished telepathic ability due to events in the previous book, CLEAN, really make him a compelling, flawed character. I loved that he didn’t sit around and brood over his life and instead continued to find a way to work around his temporary handicap. Adam is an amazing detective even when not using his telepathy but I really enjoyed the moments when he did use his abilities as we got to see a glimpse of just how cool it would be to use telepathy to find a killer.

The relationship with Adam’s partner, Cherabino, who he shares an unwanted mental link with, is an interesting one as they can feel each other's emotions and innermost thoughts. I wasn’t a big fan of Cherabino as she came off harsh and quick to anger over very small things. Being forced into a position of a mental link does warrant some crabbiness and annoyance with Adam but Charabino’s constant state of meanness rubbed me the wrong way.

If you like procedurals fused with urban fantasy grittiness and mind bending worldbuilding, the Mindscape Investigations series is it.  SHARP is a wonderful genre blend of old style detective stories and supernatural with a flawed hero and a fascinating take on a world that outlaws technology.

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