Addict – The Cassie Tam Files, Book 1
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Sci-Fi, Mystery, crime, detectives, lesbian
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.
What I think of the book:
While I occasionally watch Sci-Fi movies, I’m not that big on reading books in that genre, unless they have so many other genres that the Sci-Fi isn’t the main one. This is the case with Addict by Matt Doyle.
While it takes place at a time when we are more technologically advanced, the focus point is actually on the mystery the main characters try to solve and as far as I’m concerned, the crime aspects were handled well. The book wasn’t too predictable, but it also gave us enough clues not to raise an eyebrow and go “Really?” when we finally discover who’s done it.
The Sci-Fi aspects were also interesting – especially the Tech Shifters – and believable. While the technology is on a higher level, it still has its problems and keeps developing. However, there’s some tech babble that lost me at some point. It had to do with tracking IP addresses and as someone very technologically challenged, it didn’t really make sense to me.
The main characters themselves were interesting enough, although I would’ve liked something a bit more from Lori. I can’t really put my finger on what’s missing. Maybe because she’s somewhat inconsistent?
She did go through a traumatic event so I guess that makes sense, but in some of the chapters, I couldn’t really connect with her. I’d like to see where the author takes her in the next books though.
And while we are on the topic of this being a series: Addict could easily be read as a standalone as the case gets solved in this book.
Before I end this review, I just have to mention Bert. As someone who is into adorable sidekick/mascot characters, I couldn’t pass up this metal, gargoyle-like bodyguard/pet hybrid that Cassie has. I want one of these. Like, right now.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Addict more to people who are into Crime novels. However, there’s something there for Sci-Fi lovers as well.
My rating: (4.5/5 syringes)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Addict to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve reviewed:
- The Fox, the Dog, and the King – The Cassie Tam Files, Book 2 (LGBT, Sci-Fi, Mystery, crime, detectives, lesbian)
Want to know a little bit about the author? Read the interview Matt gave me!
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