Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.
Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.
Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.
Wow! What a ride. I would give this more than five stars if I could. The book had everything I love to find in a story. The world building was top notch. The plot reveal kept me on my toes, guessing what would happen, wondering how was Aki involved, and worrying what Shane would do. The character depth with even some of the side characters had me fully invested, praying that some of my favorites weren’t bad guys (I would’ve been completely crushed). I loved that it didn’t follow convention on how the mystery was solved. There was so much going on and the plot had so many yummy layers that I could sink my teeth into. There are a lot of players but I never got lost. I attribute some of that to the narrator and his ability to give every character a unique voice. This is definitely one of those books that I could sit down with another reader and babble about over and over again. I wish the rest of the series were out on audio because I’m dying to find out what happens next. I might have to figure out how to sneak in those two books into my reading schedule. Highly recommended!!
Overall – 5 Stars
Narrator – 4.5 Stars
Story – 5 Stars