Monday, November 23, 2015

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane
2010, Spectra
Series: Book 2 of The Disillusionists


Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. 

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

The Good: Carolyn Crane has continued the Disillusionists series with same uniqueness that set it apart from the sea of sameness that has overtaken urban fantasy. The Dorks are killing Highcaps and Justine gets caught up in the search for them. Everything about this is cool. From naming criminals disparaging names in an effort to keep them from "celebrity" status to how Highcaps are being spotted to how the entire investigation goes down. So much transpires in this novel. So many questions, so many reveals. You don't know who to trust from start to finish.

The Bad: Justine remains a difficult character to read. Even with her ability to pass the hypochondria on to others and relieve her own suffering, she's still a basket case most of the time. This girl cannot handle a love triangle. She can barely handle living. She's willfully blind to everything going on around her, just because she's certain one man is evil incarnate while the other is god. Because the dude who she thinks is god said so. Her issues make her an interesting character, but her inability to think like a rational human being at any point, regardless of whether or not she's dealing with her illness, completely dumbfounds me.

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