Book Review: Clean by: Alex Hughes

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Roc

Publish Date: September 4, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

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I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Review: In ‘Clean’, the main character is a nameless level 8 telepath who wrestles daily with recovery from addiction and longs to keep the trust of the people closest to him. He works with the police on cases and in interrogation due to his strong abilities and the fact he’s available because he was unceremoniously kicked out of the telepaths’ Guild due to his addiction. The author has deftly created a new dystopian world where technology is anathema and the telepathic mindspace is real. The telepath and police are caught up in a serial killer case which hits way too close to home and may ruin them all before it’s over.

‘Clean’ is a wonderfully original and well-thought out novel. The characters are bold and fully-developed, existing in a world starkly beautiful in its complexity. I highly enjoyed this story which, while I know is the first in a series, can easily stand alone. I appreciated the author setting up (and following) rules for how the world and telepaths of ‘Clean’ works. The author also explains the rules to the reader seamlessly without losing any momentum of the plot. A well-crafted blend of science fiction/fantasy and mystery/police procedural set in a dystopian world, ‘Clean’ will leave you begging for more!

Mindspace Investigations series: Clean (1), Sharp (2)


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