Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Sarah Masters
Series: Voices #1
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Paranormal
Length: 155 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Getting calls from the dead in the middle of the night isn’t Oliver’s idea of fun…
Oliver gets calls from the dead, imploring him to help them find their killers. He’s heard them since he was a child and now assists the police in their investigations. He works closely with Detective Langham—and has steadily fallen more in love with him every day of the six months he’s known him. But does Langham feel the same? Is Langham even gay?
When Oliver answers the call of a dead woman, he finds himself standing in a remote field, gazing down at her corpse. Someone else is out there with him, though, watching, waiting to cause him harm. After he’s run off the road, Oliver has no choice but to aid Langham in finding her killer—no choice because more people are killed and more people call out to him…he’s unable to ignore their pleas.
As the body count grows and the investigation becomes more complex, Oliver realises that Langham is indeed very gay—and out to make Oliver his.
When Oliver answers a call from a ghost to find her body, he expects it to be just another routine sighting where he finds the corpse, calls the police and his part in the murder is done. Unfortunately, when Oliver is run off the road by the killer, the case turns personal for him especially when he aids Detective Langham in finding the murderer. But as the bodies stack up, Oliver and Langham discover more grizzly murders and the ghosts Oliver always relied on are proving distrustful. Can Oliver and Langham figure out who or what is causing all the murders? And will they be able to before even more people die?
I really, really loved the chemistry between Oliver and Langham. They had THE BEST banter I’ve ever read. They’ve known each other for months and have no issues with throwing insults at each other, all in good nature, of course. I just really loved that they had an easy, comfortable relationship. As characters, I really liked them as well. Oliver is sarcastic and funny as hell while Langham is more reserved but can throw out insults just as easily as Oliver does. I just adored that about them. It gave them the foundation to pursue a more intimate relationship because they both already had feelings for each other before anything more happened.
I had two major issues with this on. One, I found that the mystery grew a little convoluted and off track. I was really into it but it felt like the more the story progressed, the more the mystery seemed to lose its focus and just started including a lot of unnecessary additions to it. For instance, there were multiple ‘suspects’, which I was fine with, but each one had its own ‘crime’ associated with it and then by the end, they were all connected. I dunno, it just felt like it was going in circles and then by the end, the main person wasn’t even anyone who was a suspect and the reason behind why the sugar strands were being created was never mentioned. My second issue was with the British slang. I’m all for cultural dialect but this one was overflowing with it to the point that I couldn’t understand half the things Oliver or Langham said. Plus, every time they said ‘shit’ outside of what I’m used to it as (a curse word or as an actual poop), I couldn’t help but giggle.
In the end, I still enjoyed the book and I really loved the chemistry between Oliver and Langham. I was a tad confused on how Oliver was allowed to be Langham’s unofficial partner the whole time but that didn’t disturb me. The mystery started out great and interesting and then sort of dragged on too long, IMO. Either way, I’ll definitely continue reading the series just to see where Oliver and Langham go from here and what they get themselves into next.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*