Review: Double Cross by Carolyn Crane (Rating 5 Wine Glasses)

Posted December 20th, 2010 by in Uncategorized / 0 comments

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From Goodreads: SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.


Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.


But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.


As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

**This will be a non-spoiler review so it is going to be general**

What I Loved: This story picked up pretty much right where Mind Games left off and just plowed straight forward with so much gusto that you had to hang on for one wild ride.  Justine grew more into herself and began to understand who she was, what her limitations were, and more importantly what she was capable of (aka thinking on her own and trusting her instincts).  Her emotional growth in this book was amazing. Packard/Otto/The Disillusionists are all major parts of the story that weave together in a very complicated fabric that you must pay attention to see what is coming.  Everything was well plotted, well told, and at the end I almost threw my book (then I remembered it was my kindle and well I love my Kindle)!  It was that kind of knock your socks off wild ride that makes this a brilliant follow up to the first book.

What I Liked: I kind of felt like I knew Mid-City by the end of this book.  You got small glimpses into the city and something about small details delight me. I also liked the strong character profiles you got in this book.  You really learned more about all our players so you could imagine what they were up to when not on the page (aka Simon).   Great job of just sticking the little stuff in there that makes you learn more about everything in Justine’s world.

Complaints: Alright I needed the 3rd book like now not later after the last 3 chapters!

Why I gave it a 5:  Mind Games was a fantastic book and Double Cross was better.  I was hooked from beginning to end and even had to go back to re-read sections after the end.  It will go down as one of my favorite reads of 2010.

Who I would recommend this too:  Urban Fantasy readers and those who loved Mind Games.

Author Website: http://authorcarolyncrane.com/ 

Books in this Series:
Mind Games
Double Cross

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