Series: The Cassie Tam Files
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication Date: May 8, 2017
Length: 149 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
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.
One thing I love in any book is a strong female character. The MC of Addict, Cassie, is just that. She's tough, badass, and exactly how I like my women!
This story takes place in the future, in a place called New Hopeland. That, to me, is such a funny name for it because it doesn't feel very hopeful at all. In the future, there's new technology and old. What I found so fantastic was the fact that technology has become such a huge problem. Nowadays we see the small effects of it. Your power goes out and you can't get online and people freak out. I see status updates after they return saying, "Worst 3 minutes of my life." Well, in Addict the author sort of makes that freak out evolve a bit.
Technology has taken on a new form but no less addictive.And you can all agree that this is most likely where our world is heading.
I did love the whole cyber punk thing. Adored Cassie as I said. The mystery was just okay for me. I'm very picky in the mystery department though. The world building was truly amazing. Great flow to the story and I can easily see this series being successful. Lori, Cassie's love interest, was terrific and added a wonderful element to this story. The two of them together had the chemistry level off the charts.
This was a first Matt Doyle read for me and it's perfect for the techy noir fans out there. It won't be the last book I read from this author
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