Friday, October 12, 2012

Review of Clean, by Alex Hughes

Clean (Mindspace Investigations, #1)Clean by Alex Hughes
I found this book because it was listed on Amazon as something similar to my own debut novel Silhouette, and I can't resist anything with a Philip Marlowesque trench coat on the cover, because I'm a big Raymond Chandler fan. Then I saw it contained a psychic investigating crime, like in The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, one of my other favorite authors. So I had to try it out, and I actually made it through the whole novel to the end, which rarely happens, for a number of reasons I won't go into here (I think I actually find it easier to finish writing a novel than to finish reading one!)

I liked it! Alex is a good writer, and she looped a number of interesting plot lines together to keep the reader interested. (I especially was strung along, no pun intended, by the addiction element, wanting to see if the protagonist managed to stay in the state described by the title.) The only gripe I have is that the Atlanta area is not a very exotic would have been a nice addition to the story if there were some more interesting places for the characters to visit. But visiting their minds was definitely interesting, so it's not a huge complaint and the novel was still an overall success. Nice work, Alex!

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