Friday, March 10, 2017

Release Day Review: Unspeakable WOrds by Sarah Madison #Review #Giveaway

Author: Sarah Madison
Book: Unspeakable Words 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publication Date: March 10, 2017
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.

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I’m one of the lucky ones going into this knowing that there are two more books to follow and like most murder mysteries I most likely wouldn’t have tied everything up into a nice little bow. I love murder mysteries, each clue is like pulling loose one knot at a time in a ball of tangled yarn. This one was complex in that we start out in one case only to switch to what seems like a totally different one.

Jerry is the kind of guy that lives the Benjamin Franklin quote “A place for everything, everything in its place.” His apartment, his desk, his life is perfectly ordered exactly the way he loves it. No risk, no danger. Until he’s put on a serial killer case with another Agent from out of state. The problem is Jerry has an eidetic memory so looking at murder scene pictures is more than unpleasant. But he can’t fight it because as useful as that eidetic memory is to the Bureau there are those there that dislike him on the spot. He believes it’s because he’s gay not just because he has an abrasive attitude. When Agent Flynn arrives he hates him on sight with all his good looks, charm, and tough guy attitude. It has nothing to do with how hot he finds him.

Flynn and Jerry, talk about slow build! Flynn is straight and not even a little bit confused about that until he comes into contact with a relic that gives him the power of telepathy. Is it the mind reading or Jerry that is bringing out these thoughts now? The story is told completely from Jerry’s POV so we never get to see inside the mind of Flynn but it did make for an interesting and unique story when it’s told from the POV of the one that doesn’t know all that the other is thinking.

These two were alike as much as they were different. Jerry hated that his eidetic memory set him apart, he felt used as though it was the only reason he’s any good; but loves it all the same since it has shaped him and how he thinks. Flynn loves being good looking, it comes with perks, but once he hears the thoughts of those around him he grows to hate that that is how people see him. They’re both terse and grumpy and have many issues to work through, together and on their own. I loved the cute and funny banter and flirtations between these two. It was bale to lighten the mood of an otherwise heavy story of murder and kidnapping.

I wish there were parts that were expanded on like when Jerry helps Flynn learn to control the telepathy it was all tell and no show, it’s not something that takes away from the story but I think it could’ve only helped. The Grimm Fairy Tale murder case is left unsolved at the end, but that made sense to the plot, but I do hope that it is picked up again in the next two books for the sake of the reader's minds. Flynn still has some major communication issues, even more so than Jerry does and not much is focused on even the idea that it’s an issue so again I hope it’s addressed in the next book.

Overall a good read but if you hate not having all the answers make sure you get all the books before you read.


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