Book Review: Binary Witness by: Rosie Claverton

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: May 5, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she’s not in the throes of a panic attack. After two students disappear in Cardiff, Amy uncovers photographic evidence that they've been murdered. From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city’s digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer.

Amy’s investigation requires footwork, however, and the agoraphobic genius can’t hack it alone. She turns to her newly-hired cleaner, ex-con Jason Carr. Jason is fascinated by both Amy and the work, and can’t refuse even when she sends him into situations that risk returning him to prison.

The killer strikes again and again, and Amy and Jason are the only investigators closing in on him. But Amy’s psyche is cracking under the strain, and Jason’s past is catching up with him. To stop the next murder, they must hold their unconventional partnership together at any cost.

Series: The Amy Lane Mysteries series

Review: BINARY WITNESS is the first book in the Amy Lane mystery series. Amy is an agoraphobe and a hacker genius who assists the police in Cardiff, England with their tough cases. Jason Carr is an ex-con who has found a job at a cleaning service. This is how he meets Amy as her sister has hired the cleaning service on her behalf. Amy’s investigating a serial murder case for the police - Detectives Bryn and Owain, who have used Amy’s talents many times before. Jason is intrigued by Amy’s work, but Amy is hesitant at first. However, Jason’s persistence and his viewpoint get through to Amy and she starts using him to do the things she can’t leave the house to do on the case. Amy’s fragility and Jason’s past are factors which will strain them both to near the breaking point as the killer closes in on the next victim. Together they must fight for the solution and to keep their partnership intact.

BINARY WITNESS is a solid mystery with characters who I was instantly drawn to and with whom I empathized. I was glad the author didn’t try and force a romance between Amy and Jason because I think it would have taken away from both of their characters and the story itself. I definitely preferred their partnership and growing friendship. BINARY WITNESS’ suspenseful mystery and cleverly crafted characters will drag you into the mystery easily and keep your attention until the twisted end. I especially relished the fact I wasn’t able to figure out the mystery until Amy and Jason did. Being able to keep the readers guessing is the hallmark of a shrewd author. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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