Author: Shanae Branham
Publication Date: 20th August 2012
Source: Review Copy from Author
Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you.
Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.
Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I was approached by the author to review this book and, since it sounded fun, I agreed to give it a go.
I'm glad I did as I found this a well-written and engaging tale that kept me turning the pages so fast that I read the book in a single session. The story is interesting and catchy and the characters, particularly Jason and Bruce, come across well.
The plot is fast-paced with plenty of action and the prose is easy to read. A few odd typos here and there, but overall a well-edited self-published novel. I enjoyed the use of a different font to differentiate between the real world and the programmes. It was a clever ploy and worked well.
All up, I can highly recommend this YA techno-thriller and I look forward to reading more from this new author.
Want to try this book for yourself? Well, now's your chance as Shanae has kindly allowed me to host a giveaway for one paperback copy. This giveaway is open to International readers and anyone over 13 years of age may enter.