Author: Jamie McLachlan
Series: The Memory Collector #1
Publisher: Penner Publishing
Publication Date: September 28th 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 229 pages
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Moira is a powerful empath, a psychic graced with the ability to read emotions and memories. Her skill is as much a curse as a gift, for in the harshly stratified city of Braxton empaths are slaves. Clever and beautiful, Moira has learned to rely on no one but herself. Determined to escape life as a concubine, she kills her master, and is imprisoned for the crime.
This could be the end for Moira, but the government has need of her skills. A mysterious serial killer known as the Phoenix has been planting suggestions in his victims' minds that drive them to murder and suicide. To gain her freedom, Moira partners with Keenan Edwards, a handsome young detective, to stop the killer.
Hunting the Phoenix will bring Moira on a more dangerous road than she imagined, forcing her to confront dark minds, twisted moralities, and her growing feelings for the detective.
This book was really interesting. Before starting it, I wasn't sure what to think of it, or what kind of book it was going to be but this book quickly drew me in and once I started I could barely put it down.
Moira is what I would call the anti-heroine of the book. Sure the circumstances around how she got involved with the mystery of the book weren't entirely her choice, but once she was involved she was willing to do what it took to help, all the while not really for any noble reasons exactly. She was complex, and I love complex characters.
Detective Keenan was and still kind of is a mystery. He is a quiet and fairly restrained person. It seems he probably had better control of his range of emotion before he met Moira, but since she is a very stubborn person she brings out some of the emotions he keeps in check.
The plot of the who the Phoenix is and why they are doing what they are doing, was done really really well. Through book one, and hardly a single clue was given to who this person could be and what their agenda is. I think that's a good thing to do when the main plot is going to be solved over the course of more than one book. Something I actually wasn't certain on until the book was nearly done, I hadn't noticed how short the book was, until I was almost done and that mystery hadn't been discovered.
The side murders while partly unneeded I think they were added in to develop more of a relationship between Keenan and Moira. And I figured out who was behind them pretty quick. I mean it was really obvious which was why I question the need to have it there at all.
This book is really good, well written with an interesting range of characters. The world building could have used some work, but perhaps McLachlan will reveal more about the world through the course of the series to avoid infodumping, one thing this book has none of.
There are some not so PG-13 moments of this book, so perhaps young teens and people who don't like that sort of thing should avoid this book.