Mindspace Investigations, Book #2
By Alex Hughes
ISBN# 9780451465047
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Adam is a level 8 telepath, the only one to leave the Guild that overseas people with Abilities, or rather he was the only one to get kicked out of the Guild, and still practice.  He is now an interrogator for the police department (but not an actual cop), using his telepathy to pull things out of the suspects’ minds and therefore getting them to confess to their crimes.

Adam is going through some growing pains with his telepathy being on the fritz due to overusing it on a recent case; burning it out.  It’s slowly coming back, but at a decreased compactly.  His boss at the department also just gave him a head’s up that he could be losing his job due to budget cuts and strongly suggests he gets some kind of certification to improve his chances of keeping his job.  That means he has to go back to the Guild and his ex-fiancé to try to renew his certification.  And, if that wasn’t bad enough both the FBI and the Guild are now investigating him.

He’s working on a case with a fellow detective and friend, Isabella Cherabino, that has been avoiding him since he accidentally created a telepathic link between them.  But with the recent budget cuts solving this case could mean the difference in whether he gets to keep his job or not.  It would be just his luck that it connects with a big time crime lord that the department can’t touch.

I thought this book sounded pretty interesting when I read the synopsis so I decided to give it a whirl.  I have not read the first book in this series, but the author gives you enough information from Adam’s past that I didn’t feel like I lost anything and could easily understand what was happening.

I actually liked Adam’s character.  A disgraced and flawed, but powerful telepath with a former drug addiction that he still is fighting.  He has made some huge mistakes in the past; ones that he is still paying for.  And, he is far from perfect.  His love for his narcotics anonymous sponsor, Swartz, is touching.

So why the low book rating?  Because the majority of this book I was bored out of my ever-loving mind!  I really enjoyed Adam, as I mentioned above, but the detailing of his day to day life got pretty dull after awhile and really bogged down the story.  I felt it really took away from the mystery they were trying to solve and made it hard for me to stay focused and interested in the book.

I really wanted to like this book, but ultimately it just fell short for me.