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Liam Baker can see things. Dead people like to visit him and tell them how they were wronged. Some might call it a gift, other’s a curse. But either way this ability makes him useful to Los Angeles homicide detective Kimball Thompson. Some madman is slitting the throats of young male prostitutes and then dumping their bodies in the desert with vague clues of pink feathers Liam Baker can see things. Dead people like to visit him and tell them how they were wronged. Some might call it a gift, other’s a curse. But either way this ability makes him useful to Los Angeles homicide detective Kimball Thompson. Some madman is slitting the throats of young male prostitutes and then dumping their bodies in the desert with vague clues of pink feathers and the number five. Usually Liam can talk to the spirits of the dead. But someone is blocking him. Someone is taunting him. The case is rapidly deteriorating into a violent, psychic pissing contest and Liam can’t see far enough ahead to figure out who wins or who dies.


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Liam Baker can see things. Dead people like to visit him and tell them how they were wronged. Some might call it a gift, other’s a curse. But either way this ability makes him useful to Los Angeles homicide detective Kimball Thompson. Some madman is slitting the throats of young male prostitutes and then dumping their bodies in the desert with vague clues of pink feathers Liam Baker can see things. Dead people like to visit him and tell them how they were wronged. Some might call it a gift, other’s a curse. But either way this ability makes him useful to Los Angeles homicide detective Kimball Thompson. Some madman is slitting the throats of young male prostitutes and then dumping their bodies in the desert with vague clues of pink feathers and the number five. Usually Liam can talk to the spirits of the dead. But someone is blocking him. Someone is taunting him. The case is rapidly deteriorating into a violent, psychic pissing contest and Liam can’t see far enough ahead to figure out who wins or who dies.

30 review for Shadow's Edge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meep

    Audio - The audio narrator is very good but listening does seem to highlight minor writing flaws. Thompson's lack of first name bothered me as did the attitude towards bereavement; nine months presented as tantamount to wallowing and the mention of the lack of sex in that time felt highly inappropriate to me. Thompson (no first name) seemed more a crutch than a love interest and his behaviour inconsistant. And with little info on the victims the murders remained emotionless. Had to think who some Audio - The audio narrator is very good but listening does seem to highlight minor writing flaws. Thompson's lack of first name bothered me as did the attitude towards bereavement; nine months presented as tantamount to wallowing and the mention of the lack of sex in that time felt highly inappropriate to me. Thompson (no first name) seemed more a crutch than a love interest and his behaviour inconsistant. And with little info on the victims the murders remained emotionless. Had to think who someone was at the grande finalle. -- -- I really enjoyed reading this, it kept me absorbed throughout. The mystery plot is pretty standard for this genre and to be honest it didn't hold my attention. Victims were too nameless, reactions too muted to make me care or shiver. I'm not sure the point of all the clues was even explained. In fact the show-down made me laugh, it got silly rather than dramatic, when the evil-villain shouted 'Stop right there' my reaction was to sing the answering Meatloaf lyrics. Which okay probably says more about my music tastes than the book. I could have done with some clarity on Liam's offical role, if he's advising or himself detecting. The murders though were interesting backdrop rather than the driving force of the story. The emotion is all in the romantic entanglement which is twisty and interesting. Eight months does seem to be m/m-rom-world limit for bereavement though, what's with that? It's no time at all for a loss especially such a close one, that did itch at me. But the characters interested me. I enjoyed the tension between characters as they both danced around their feelings. Thompson making the effort to move on from his feelings and Liam starting to heal and to see him as a man. There's some deep emotion and I wanted to get to know these characters more. My review keeps angling towards negative, but overall I enjoy this book and look forward to the next one to see more of these characters. Hopefully the psychic angle will be further explored, there's enough here for an interesting start to a the series. A little more effort into the mystery side of things and this one would have been an easy five stars. BUT a big NIGGLE - Detective Thompson's first name. If you have the ebook search for it! Surprised no-one else has commented because seriously I did it on both kindles to be sure - he's named in the blurb as Kimball, but NOT ONCE in the book. Even during/after sex, even through declarations, he remains 'Thompson'. That is very odd.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Price drop to $0.99 right now at Amazon US, 3/29/18

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    Told from Liam's point-of-view, I enjoyed the way S.C. Wynne slowly reveals his backstory. It's very well done. Shadow's Edge is really more about Liam recovering from the loss of his partner, and the development of his relationship with Thompson. There's a nice mystery as well, and Liam's psychic abilities are pretty cool - I hope we learn more about them in the next episode of the series. I'm looking forward to hearing Kale Williams perform Shadow's Return. an audiobook copy was provided for th Told from Liam's point-of-view, I enjoyed the way S.C. Wynne slowly reveals his backstory. It's very well done. Shadow's Edge is really more about Liam recovering from the loss of his partner, and the development of his relationship with Thompson. There's a nice mystery as well, and Liam's psychic abilities are pretty cool - I hope we learn more about them in the next episode of the series. I'm looking forward to hearing Kale Williams perform Shadow's Return. an audiobook copy was provided for the purpose of my honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I woke up this morning with Liam and Thompson on my mind. If that doesn't tell you how I felt about this book before you read another word of my review... know that. What do you get when you take a grieving psychic who the dead talk to and one gruff police detective who has unrequited feelings for said psychic and have them work a case that could cost them their lives? You get one hell of a romantic mystery that I adored. Nine months ago, Liam Baker lost the love of his life William and in that I woke up this morning with Liam and Thompson on my mind. If that doesn't tell you how I felt about this book before you read another word of my review... know that. What do you get when you take a grieving psychic who the dead talk to and one gruff police detective who has unrequited feelings for said psychic and have them work a case that could cost them their lives? You get one hell of a romantic mystery that I adored. Nine months ago, Liam Baker lost the love of his life William and in that time, he’s not been the same. Liam has tried to take his life and if it weren’t for William’s friend, Detective Kimball Thompson there to save and take care of Liam, Liam wouldn’t be living at all. Literally. I liked that Liam and Thompson have a shared history before the story begins. I didn’t need to see them meet or have their first awkward moments, I liked them being comfortable as work partners and as friends given the circumstances. As the story is told through Liam’s POV, we get how he sees his life and how he sees Thompson, a bit confusing but also the rock that grounds him when he’d rather fly away from the pain of losing William. I dug Liam and his psychic ability. I’ve always liked books, movies or TV shows that use a psychic to aid law enforcement to find killers and this is just another I have added to the my list. I have to say, I dug that it took place in California and maybe close to where I am. Giving distance with time instead of miles is such a California thing to do and the mention of the desert so close to Los Angeles has me doing my own distance calculations. Perhaps good things really did come in packages you'd never expect. Maybe sometimes, those packages were steadfast rumpled men with orange auras so bright they hurt your eyes. I loved Thompson. OMG he was amazing with how he took care of Liam and you felt how much he was in love with him from the first time Liam says Thompson rescued him after William died. I wanted nothing more than Thompson to be happy but the UST between these two was killing me. Goodness, yeah thank goodness for love triangles and men that make Liam wake up and take notice of what is right in front of him. And yet I get Liam. There is no time stamp on grief and how long it takes one to get over losing a loved one. Though we never get details of how William died, one can deduct it was in the line of duty since Thompson is a cop and that's how he knew William. You don't need to know much about William in this story other than he brought Liam and Thompson together and how much they both feel his loss. New to me narrator Kale Williams did an amazing job bringing the story to life. Each character was distinctive even down to the odd accent that had my weird brain thinking of an Eddie Izzard skit about a voice box being stuck on demonstration. Williams gave the story the intensity, intimacy and mystery it needed to fly off the page and straight to my ears making my day at work doing a boring report so very worth it. I love UST and it was given in major doses in this. Yeah. The tension and heat coming off of Thompson was stunning and once Liam opens his eyes, he got all petty and jealous which was so much fun to see. The mystery of the serial killer with the clues left and then the twist that comes about was done well. It amped the story up another level and kept me on my toes. The killer was cryptic with his messages and while it was awful to see the murders or the murdered showing Liam what they wanted him to see, it was necessary. I only have two minor things that made me pause while reading. One was the reasoning of the murders. It was weird since none of the clues alluded to the pagan holiday but again, small niggle that didn't take away from the story at all. The other was Thompson’s name. I get law enforcement and military use last names or even shortened last names instead of someone’s given name. My father was named William but called Robbie because his last name was Robertson. But… Thompson never becomes Kimball even after the men are intimate. I guess I was waiting for that moment, for Liam to drop the formality and use Thompson’s name. But again, nothing that took away from the story, just something my brain latched on to. I am so happy that this is a series and that book two is already out. Though I listened to this one, I am not sure I can wait for the audio to get more of Liam and Thompson.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    2.5 stars First things first, let’s mention something the blurb should have addressed: the book starts nine months after the death of Liam’s partner, William (by the way, Liam and William? Couldn’t the author think of a different name?), who was also a colleague and the best friend of the other MC, Thompson. The blurb completely omits this and I’ve no idea why, since it gets mentioned on the first page and it soon appears clear that Liam is still stuck grieving William’s death. Not only that, but 2.5 stars First things first, let’s mention something the blurb should have addressed: the book starts nine months after the death of Liam’s partner, William (by the way, Liam and William? Couldn’t the author think of a different name?), who was also a colleague and the best friend of the other MC, Thompson. The blurb completely omits this and I’ve no idea why, since it gets mentioned on the first page and it soon appears clear that Liam is still stuck grieving William’s death. Not only that, but Liam’s inability to move past his grief, and later his decision to finally face that grief and move on, is what sets in motion directly or indirectly every scrap of relationship development between him and Thompson. Stranger still was the feeling that the book seems to start in the middle of things, with the investigation already a few weeks in and Liam constantly addressing how different Thompson seemed to be in the last few days, while the story had barely begun. The investigation itself wasn’t bad, although there was some eye-rolling involved and I found the world building a little lacking. For example, Liam gets introduced as a psychic consultant and some people are surprised, but nobody seems to find strange that he has visions and can read minds and that he gets taken seriously enough to consult with the police. Are psychics common in this world and paranormal abilities officially recognized? It seems so, but why not throw in a more detailed explanation, then, instead of leaving the reader to guess? It wouldn’t have taken much, a couple of sentences at most. I also have mixed feelings about the relationship between Liam and Thompson. They acted a little childish at times and I’m not sure the author’s style is for me, many times the interactions between the characters and the dialogue’s progression felt slightly off and unnatural. I was tempted to dnf more than once at the beginning, but in the second half it picked up a little and I felt compelled to keep reading. Despite the many things that didn’t work for me, I still read the whole book in little more than a day, and a fairly busy day at that, so for now the rating gets rounded up just for entertainment value. I’ll see if I change my mind later and bring it down to 2 stars, but either way I don’t think I’ll pick the next book up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elithanathile

    Review to come ... I couldn't put this down, I was certainly fascinated, but the rating is what it is for a reason. I'll explain ... ***** Really enjoying this so far and am super glad I decided to give it a try :-)!! May the book fulfill its awesome promise! Review to come ... I couldn't put this down, I was certainly fascinated, but the rating is what it is for a reason. I'll explain ... ***** Really enjoying this so far and am super glad I decided to give it a try :-)!! May the book fulfill its awesome promise!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    One thing I have found about Wynne’s characters is that they are always sarcastic...very often damaged...but they always get their “happy ever after”, thus making for a better than just “good” story. I loved Liam and Thompson. Liam is a psychic, who is still grieving the loss of his lover, William...9 months ago. Thompson is a cop and partner with Liam as they track down the guy that has been killing young male prostitutes. Another “secret” romance. Thompson cares for Liam, but it a little slow One thing I have found about Wynne’s characters is that they are always sarcastic...very often damaged...but they always get their “happy ever after”, thus making for a better than just “good” story. I loved Liam and Thompson. Liam is a psychic, who is still grieving the loss of his lover, William...9 months ago. Thompson is a cop and partner with Liam as they track down the guy that has been killing young male prostitutes. Another “secret” romance. Thompson cares for Liam, but it a little slow to realize it. Good Heavens man...just tell him!!! The book was a little too short...why are these genres always “short??? In spite of that, the story was still great. The plot was fast-paced, with mystery...action....and yes there was romance. The ending was simply awesome! I am glad that there is a next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    Audiobook review I have a weakness for psychic stories, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this book, and I had a great time doing it. Liam Baker was living day to day, still mourning the death of his lover not quite a year earlier. The only think keeping him sane was helping his friend and LA homicide detective Kimball Thompson solving murders and putting the guilty behind bars. Thompson is running on empty. The latest murders are headscratchers to say the least, and with few, if any, leads Audiobook review I have a weakness for psychic stories, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this book, and I had a great time doing it. Liam Baker was living day to day, still mourning the death of his lover not quite a year earlier. The only think keeping him sane was helping his friend and LA homicide detective Kimball Thompson solving murders and putting the guilty behind bars. Thompson is running on empty. The latest murders are headscratchers to say the least, and with few, if any, leads to go on things are looking pretty grim to catch the killer before he strikes again. When he targets Liam, Thompson is racing against the clock to find the killer before it’s too late. I wish this book was longer, but probably not for the reason that you first might think. It wasn't that I just loved it so much that I couldn't get enough, it's because I was left with this unfinished feeling, left with questions I still want answers to. Not in the form of a cliffhanger or anything, just explanations that never really came. I also felt like the past wasn’t explained either, we never really know what happened to William, but maybe that will have a more presence in the next book? The mystery aspect was both interesting and a bit of a letdown. I loved the aspect of it, the number five and the pink feathers was great details, but I also wanted the mystery to have more of a presence. I wanted to feel the suspense, the horror of it all. I wanted to be there. As it was, it felt like a lot of stuff was glossed over, and never realized to its full potential. Kale Williams did a wonderful job narrating this book, He kept me fully engaged throughout the book and made it a pleasure to listen to him. It was everything I want from a narrator – different voices for the different characters, but more importantly, Williams narrated with feeling. There was no monotone narration of the words near this book, and I for none will keep a lookout for more of his narrations in the future. Shadow's Edge was a promising start to a new series and it kept me interested enough that I will look for the next book in the series so see what other adventures these two might find. Story: 👻 👻 👻 Narration: 👻 👻 👻 👻 ½ A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jax

    This was an awkward blending of police work and romance. The non-psychic part of the investigation wasn’t very detailed or realistic. I’m not sure a lead detective on a serial murder case would take the time to go on a blind date. Likewise, the budding feelings between the MCs came off as a little silly in the face of what they were dealing with. It felt very high school. And naturally the finale relies on one of them doing something stupid. Crime/mystery books are my thing so this was a miss fo This was an awkward blending of police work and romance. The non-psychic part of the investigation wasn’t very detailed or realistic. I’m not sure a lead detective on a serial murder case would take the time to go on a blind date. Likewise, the budding feelings between the MCs came off as a little silly in the face of what they were dealing with. It felt very high school. And naturally the finale relies on one of them doing something stupid. Crime/mystery books are my thing so this was a miss for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    While I enjoyed the emotional tension between Liam and Detective Thompson, there were just too many questions without answers in my head. (view spoiler)[Was William ... Thompson's partner in the PD (I never got the confirmation)? How did William (Liam's ex) died? How did Liam got involved with Thompson in the first place? What was really the motive of the villain?? He just rambled on about Samhain but I never got the clear reasons. How did he pick the victims? How did he pick the poems? (hide sp While I enjoyed the emotional tension between Liam and Detective Thompson, there were just too many questions without answers in my head. (view spoiler)[Was William ... Thompson's partner in the PD (I never got the confirmation)? How did William (Liam's ex) died? How did Liam got involved with Thompson in the first place? What was really the motive of the villain?? He just rambled on about Samhain but I never got the clear reasons. How did he pick the victims? How did he pick the poems? (hide spoiler)] As a mystery fan, these questions made me unsatisfied with the story as a whole. Even if I was totally LOVE the serial killer angle -- serial killer is my favorite theme in mystery/suspense! On top of that, I felt like this story started way before chapter 1. Like there was a prequel to it somehow. BUT, I might check out the next book if it still features Liam and Thompson. Who knows maybe it will be a better mystery?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Guy Venturi

    The Shadow's Edge is where the Light Begins! Psychic warfare is different than normal battles and operations to achieve an objective. It is intended to control other people to your advantage while they are doing the same to their advantage. It is not a measure of good or bad situations. It is what is the final results of the fight. Everyone gets hurt in different ways and the effects are much larger than expected. Threats that can be mentally carried out from a distance are much harder to fight o The Shadow's Edge is where the Light Begins! Psychic warfare is different than normal battles and operations to achieve an objective. It is intended to control other people to your advantage while they are doing the same to their advantage. It is not a measure of good or bad situations. It is what is the final results of the fight. Everyone gets hurt in different ways and the effects are much larger than expected. Threats that can be mentally carried out from a distance are much harder to fight or resist. Thoughts are as variable as shifting shadows and the dark hides both good and evil. The power of evil men over young boys who try to do what they can to stay alive and resist the evil forced on them by their parents and classmates is overwhelming. The survival takes money and giving up control to others to get it to even have a chance for another day. A murderer can easily take their life with little to worry about unless he makes mistakes like taking on a psychic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Long Nguyen

    3.5 stars Another good addition to the expansive list of cop/psychic mystery romance series. The psychic here, Liam, reminds me so much of the MC in Jordan Castillo Price's Psycop that I couldn't help comparing them every now and again. The writing, while lacking Ms Price's humor, makes up for it by better suspense and mystery (up until the final scene). Overall a better than average mystery read, but nothing to write home about. 3.5 stars Another good addition to the expansive list of cop/psychic mystery romance series. The psychic here, Liam, reminds me so much of the MC in Jordan Castillo Price's Psycop that I couldn't help comparing them every now and again. The writing, while lacking Ms Price's humor, makes up for it by better suspense and mystery (up until the final scene). Overall a better than average mystery read, but nothing to write home about.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    This was a great blend of cop thriller/mystery, some paranormal thrown in, and romance. I liked the whole conflict/plot of the serial killer and the mystery behind all of that, and I liked how Thompson and Liam worked together, along with figuring things out about each other at the same time. When I first started reading I honestly felt like I had come into the story missing like a prequel or something, but I was able to catch on to what had happened to Liam in the past. His boyfriend, William, This was a great blend of cop thriller/mystery, some paranormal thrown in, and romance. I liked the whole conflict/plot of the serial killer and the mystery behind all of that, and I liked how Thompson and Liam worked together, along with figuring things out about each other at the same time. When I first started reading I honestly felt like I had come into the story missing like a prequel or something, but I was able to catch on to what had happened to Liam in the past. His boyfriend, William, died (although I don't think we ever know how, right?) and Liam tried to kill himself from the grief. Thompson, who worked with William at the police department, saved Liam and has since been recruiting him to help on cases where Liam's psychic abilities would help. Since this is all written in Liam's POV, we never really know Thompson's thoughts. We find out his feelings for Liam go much deeper than just friendship, but are never quite sure for how long he's had those feelings (although I imagine it was when William was still alive) and I wish we had gotten a bit more from Thompson, like chapters from his POV. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was fast-paced, but not too fast, and like I said, I enjoyed the blend romance mixed in with the main story. I'm glad that the next book is picking up with Liam and Thompson again - I always love sequels with the same couple so we can see how their relationship grows and develops. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    B

    Excellent audio. Great story Great narration

  15. 5 out of 5

    V

    Audiobook I don't think it was worth my money. Audiobook I don't think it was worth my money.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/lover, William. William and Thompson were detective partners, and while Thompson still mourns the loss, he is ready to move on. He has been enlisting the help of Liam, both as a means to help Liam move on, as well as to help solve the recent murders of an apparent serial killer. The victims contact Liam, or he is able to contact them at the scenes, 3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/lover, William. William and Thompson were detective partners, and while Thompson still mourns the loss, he is ready to move on. He has been enlisting the help of Liam, both as a means to help Liam move on, as well as to help solve the recent murders of an apparent serial killer. The victims contact Liam, or he is able to contact them at the scenes, but it is a small window of opportunity and understanding their messages and figuring out clues is a bit tricky. This story is about the murders of the young gay men and Liam’s psychic abilities, but it is also about Thompson trying to get Liam to move on. Thompson has harbored feelings for Liam for quite some time, even back from when Liam was with William, but he eventually gives up hope where Liam is concerned and decides to move on. This is finally the spark that Liam needs to start living again and opens his eyes to the connection they have. I took to Liam right away. We got to see glimpses of the man he was before William died, and it was clear to see his life was turned upside down by his passing. I don’t recall ever finding out what actually happened to William and while I guess it isn’t important, I kept thinking we would find out. But life goes on, and there was plenty of other stuff to grab my attention. Trying to figure out the mystery of the killer and what the clues meant was interesting, but again, I don’t recall if we ever found out the point of the pink feathers. In the end, Liam and Thompson made a good team, and I liked them together. I loved learning about Liam’s abilities, how he was able to see or hear things differently at different times, flashes of things that happened that he only got one shot at seeing before they vanished, etc. This was a fairly quick read that kept my attention to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series and am interested to see what case needs solving next. Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    “You’re a confusing man, Liam.” “I’m not trying to be.” “I know,” - Kimball Thompson & Liam BakerLiam Baker is a psychic, he can speak to dead people and has some horrifying dreams. He's a bit damaged, from a broken home and his morning his dead boyfriend William. Kimball Thompson is always referred to as Thompson. He's a rumbled cop with a caring attitude. William was his friend, they went through police training together. I came to realise that there is a bit of a role reversal in Shadow's Edge “You’re a confusing man, Liam.” “I’m not trying to be.” “I know,” - Kimball Thompson & Liam BakerLiam Baker is a psychic, he can speak to dead people and has some horrifying dreams. He's a bit damaged, from a broken home and his morning his dead boyfriend William. Kimball Thompson is always referred to as Thompson. He's a rumbled cop with a caring attitude. William was his friend, they went through police training together. I came to realise that there is a bit of a role reversal in Shadow's Edge, the cop carries soft caring side wearing his heart on his sleeve more and the psychic is stoic. To me, this is a brilliant play. I really liked their dynamic and their characters.Shadow's Edge feels much longer than its 155 pages. Not a bad way but in the way that you are living it. But at the same time at 155 pages you can read it in a few hours, I read Shadow's Edge in a single sitting. It's engaging. The plot is well paced with no needless violence and mystery to keep a reader well reading. Between the characters there is a will they won't they aspect that isn't overplayed. The ending is satisfying, questions are answered. I really recommend this if you enjoy M/M or paranormal.My reading experience in a gif:

  18. 4 out of 5

    David

    I've been reading S.C. Wynne's books since her first release and she just keeps getting better and better. Shadow's Edge was a fun, thrilling ride, with well-developed characters, suspense, the mysterious, and mystery. I will avoid spoilers but what I can say is that I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last and it now ranks in the top tier of my ever-growing S.C. Wynne collection. I cannot wait to read her release in this series, as it is a natural for series fiction. I've been reading S.C. Wynne's books since her first release and she just keeps getting better and better. Shadow's Edge was a fun, thrilling ride, with well-developed characters, suspense, the mysterious, and mystery. I will avoid spoilers but what I can say is that I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last and it now ranks in the top tier of my ever-growing S.C. Wynne collection. I cannot wait to read her release in this series, as it is a natural for series fiction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Calathea

    Feels a lot like painting by numbers to me, albeit well done. Sorry, this author's style just isn't my thing. After three tries I'm officially giving up now. Feels a lot like painting by numbers to me, albeit well done. Sorry, this author's style just isn't my thing. After three tries I'm officially giving up now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Skirmish

    Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2019/04/26/... Rating: 3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2019/04/26/... Rating: 3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    Kept me thoroughly entertained and I read this in just a few hours. I liked the progression (for the most part - mostly Thompson's behavior at the end) and was very interested in Liam's ability. It seemed like the author was going somewhere with how worn down Liam was and its toll but then it didn't... Anyway, it seemed awful and I felt bad for him but at least he's able to put it to good use. I will be reading the next. Really want to know more about this world. Kept me thoroughly entertained and I read this in just a few hours. I liked the progression (for the most part - mostly Thompson's behavior at the end) and was very interested in Liam's ability. It seemed like the author was going somewhere with how worn down Liam was and its toll but then it didn't... Anyway, it seemed awful and I felt bad for him but at least he's able to put it to good use. I will be reading the next. Really want to know more about this world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Thank you Merry Cuddlecane!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    ~ 4.5 Stars ~ In the ongoing saga of Where Has This Book Been All My Life?, S.C. Wynne’s Shadow’s Edge takes its place among those rare little gems that remind me why I love to read. Liam Baker has a talent, or a curse, depending upon which side of it you’re on. He can communicate with the dead, which proves helpful to the LAPD homicide division but doesn’t do much for Liam’s nerves on top of the fact that his own existence over the past nine months has been more one foot in the abyss than an act ~ 4.5 Stars ~ In the ongoing saga of Where Has This Book Been All My Life?, S.C. Wynne’s Shadow’s Edge takes its place among those rare little gems that remind me why I love to read. Liam Baker has a talent, or a curse, depending upon which side of it you’re on. He can communicate with the dead, which proves helpful to the LAPD homicide division but doesn’t do much for Liam’s nerves on top of the fact that his own existence over the past nine months has been more one foot in the abyss than an active participation in living. Wynne draws readers into Liam’s life by allowing him to narrate this story in the first person, which is so effective in the result of this drawing an immediate emotional connection between us and the single most traumatic event of his life. Connecting with his pain allows us to build on that investment in a way that makes rooting for some sort of happiness to fall into his orbit part of the engagement in the story Homicide detective Kimball Thompson has known Liam for a while, but their working relationship is a recent development precipitated by a string of murders with similarities that include puzzling clues left at the crime scenes. Someone is killing street kids, but, more specifically, he’s killing the boys who trade sex for cash, which seems to be the only common connection apart from the items left on or near their bodies. Wynne does a fantastic job of meting out the details of the crimes without giving away everything all at once, including the way Liam’s abilities help but are also hampered by this investigation in a metaphysical way, and I loved trying to piece together the clues along with Liam and Thompson. The best aspect of the procedural is it develops in a way that just as they were figuring out what it all meant, so did I, and those participation points I allowed myself made the reading all the more satisfying. The gradual and natural evolution of Liam and Thompson’s relationship happens amidst a confusion of feelings for Liam and translates into his nearly losing his one shot at reengaging in his life again. Simply put, Thompson was on the verge of giving up on ever getting closer to Liam, of drawing him back from that abyss and making him see that having a future didn’t mean losing all that mattered to him in the past, and I liked that the tension was drawn out without it eclipsing the fact that there was still a serial killer on the loose. In a scant 169 pages, S.C. Wynne tells an outstanding story with a proficient economy. The investigation could have been drawn out, the tension between Liam and Thompson could have been exaggerated and left to flounder along interminably, but none of that was necessary to tell an effective story. Once Liam and Thompson put the meaning of the clues together, things wrapped up quickly with a thrilling brush with the killer that exposed his pathology and psychopathy in a delicious way. Suspenseful on both the investigative and romantic fronts, Shadow’s Edge is one of the finest books I’ve read so far this year. Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    ** spoiler alert ** VERY raw notes, may contain spoilers but probably nothing major. I write my reviews on my smart phone so autocorrect sometimes does interesting things. You've been warned. (view spoiler)[Usually I like it when there's another person one of the MCs sort of gets into when the other isn't paying them attention. And i do like some of that here. But the fact that Thompson is actually leaving work early to sleep with the guy hurts. Weird. Hospital scene! I wanted more injury especia ** spoiler alert ** VERY raw notes, may contain spoilers but probably nothing major. I write my reviews on my smart phone so autocorrect sometimes does interesting things. You've been warned. (view spoiler)[Usually I like it when there's another person one of the MCs sort of gets into when the other isn't paying them attention. And i do like some of that here. But the fact that Thompson is actually leaving work early to sleep with the guy hurts. Weird. Hospital scene! I wanted more injury especially at the end but it was really good. Definite dearth of women but i Loved it. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    This book was just Wow. I read it in one night. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way past my bedtime and then had some nightmares from it. What more can you ask for? I could feel the love Thompson felt for Liam and I could feel for what Liam was going through. It is hard to move on sometimes.. There were times I just wanted to cry, smack, and just laugh. I can't wait for the next book and curious to know what that is about This book was just Wow. I read it in one night. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way past my bedtime and then had some nightmares from it. What more can you ask for? I could feel the love Thompson felt for Liam and I could feel for what Liam was going through. It is hard to move on sometimes.. There were times I just wanted to cry, smack, and just laugh. I can't wait for the next book and curious to know what that is about

  26. 4 out of 5

    Silkeeeeeereads

    Really Nice Read I love a good ghost mystery. Nothing obvious to me in this read, so watching the plot unravel was thrilling. There's a little romance, yes, but nothing heavy on the sexual side. Just an all-around good storyline. Really Nice Read I love a good ghost mystery. Nothing obvious to me in this read, so watching the plot unravel was thrilling. There's a little romance, yes, but nothing heavy on the sexual side. Just an all-around good storyline.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Riayl

    Cops and psychics, one of my favorite pairings and this didn't disappoint. I can't wait to read more! Cops and psychics, one of my favorite pairings and this didn't disappoint. I can't wait to read more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    So Liam is a psychic & Thompson is a homicide detective. They solve murders, obviously. I got early vibes of previous series with similar set-ups but this was original and well done although I'm not entirely sure I understand how Liam's abilities work. So anyway, this is like a double mystery: 1. Who is the murderer? 2. How long will it take Liam to get a fucking clue? Mystery #2 was my favorite. Although it was 1st person/ Liam's POV, the author did a really good job of making it clear that Thomp So Liam is a psychic & Thompson is a homicide detective. They solve murders, obviously. I got early vibes of previous series with similar set-ups but this was original and well done although I'm not entirely sure I understand how Liam's abilities work. So anyway, this is like a double mystery: 1. Who is the murderer? 2. How long will it take Liam to get a fucking clue? Mystery #2 was my favorite. Although it was 1st person/ Liam's POV, the author did a really good job of making it clear that Thompson was in love with Liam while Liam was totally clueless to this at first. It took a psychic vision and that age-old motivator JEALOUSY to shake Liam out of his grief fog. [Liam's former lover William died but we aren't told how (or did I miss it?). Hopefully that will be answered in the next book bc I want to know, dammit.] I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry and the build up between these two and when they finally acted on their feelings, it did not disappoint. The murder mystery was background noise for me, but interesting enough, though the resolution seemed a little too neat & easy considering they were at a whole loss when the book began. I wonder if that is because of the short-ish length? But for 4-1/2 hour book, this was definitely an entertaining and complete story with a satisfying HFN. Narrator Kale Williams hasn't been a favorite of mine tbh. I've dnf'ed audiobooks by him before because I thought his voice was monotonous and I found it hard to stay engaged with the story. However, either he's better here or my tastes have changed because I really enjoyed his narration here. Which is great news for me because now I can take a second look at all those Kale-narrated audiobooks I skipped over. Now that I'm done rambling, I'm gonna start book 2.

  29. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    3.5 Stars I really enjoyed the fast constant pace of this book. It truly a relief sometimes when a book just keeps moving and doesn’t slow down. Not all the time but it worked for me this time. Maybe some spoilers ahead.... I do have a few beefs our Detective Thompson. So first off, we can tell for the first part of the book that our detective is trying to court his dead friends lover, who happens to be one of his consultants on the force. Liam lost William about 9 months ago and Thompson thinks i 3.5 Stars I really enjoyed the fast constant pace of this book. It truly a relief sometimes when a book just keeps moving and doesn’t slow down. Not all the time but it worked for me this time. Maybe some spoilers ahead.... I do have a few beefs our Detective Thompson. So first off, we can tell for the first part of the book that our detective is trying to court his dead friends lover, who happens to be one of his consultants on the force. Liam lost William about 9 months ago and Thompson thinks it’s time to stop grieving and to get back to life.. I’m truly not even going to comment on that part... anyways after a few dinners or whatever Thompson just gives up Liam and ends up going on a blind date and banging some other dude for a day or two. We don’t get Thomson’s POV but he literally just gave up... doesn’t sound too bad right? Well how about the fact that Liam didn’t even know Thompson was gay until he told him he had a blind date with a dude... I mean cmon!!! How do you try and court a guy, even if it’s been going on for months, and then give up on him when he didn’t even know you like banging dudes too? That didn’t make much sense to me honestly. Second it’s weird as hell never once in the book is Detective Thompson called by his first name... even after him and Liam bone.. he’s still just Thompson. I had to make sure that wasn’t actually his real name... but no.... it’s Kimball. Not once was that mention except in the blurb. Just weird...

  30. 5 out of 5

    caroline wilson

    3 stars, an alright read I did enjoy this book, though you could be wondering why not rate it higher but I'll come to the reasons in a minute. This book I was excited about as firstly I love detective who dunnit books that gets the old clogs moving. This book had a lot of living up to do since the last detective story I've read recently that sticks in my mind anyways was Dal maclean bitter legacy which was brilliant so I was eagerly anticipating this murder mystery book. Unfortunately it didn't q 3 stars, an alright read I did enjoy this book, though you could be wondering why not rate it higher but I'll come to the reasons in a minute. This book I was excited about as firstly I love detective who dunnit books that gets the old clogs moving. This book had a lot of living up to do since the last detective story I've read recently that sticks in my mind anyways was Dal maclean bitter legacy which was brilliant so I was eagerly anticipating this murder mystery book. Unfortunately it didn't quite reach the heights of said previous book and though maybe unfairly I judged it to that standard so it was a bit like a deflated balloon. That saying I did enjoy this book, its about Liam who's psychic and can communicate with the dead. He's had a rough year with his boyfriend being killed and descending into his grief that he basically just works. Thompson who was his boyfriend's friend gets Liam to help him out on a case where boy prostitutes are being killed savagely and cryptic messages are being left. Whilst there on the hunt for the killer they have a "will they don't they big question mark" that all comes tumbling out when Thompson starts getting jiggy with someone else. Like I said it had the promises of a brilliant book but it fell flat to me for various reasons, *(view spoiler)[ I like mystery books where I can put on my policeman hat and have a good guess who I think who done it and in this case I could of guessed to the cows came home and still not get it as it just weren't happening as said murderer isn't even really in the book apart from little glimpses from Liam's psychic flashes of the murders. (hide spoiler)] * There was a lot of background history mentioned but not elaborated on, by this I mean Liam's partner was killed but not a lot of detail and also Thompson wants Liam but he was friends with Liam's deceased partner previously and I thought the author might mention something about maybe there feelings on this subject. Also Thompson gets involved with a character and then after Liam admits his feelings he's suddenly banging him after his night of passion with the other character and nothing else is mentioned about him, I thought realistically that was a bit far fetched. * I would of loved more play on the murderer and his cryptic clues as it had the chance to be a bit of a cat and mouse game with added intrigue and on the edge of your seat drama. *Also for someone psychic we didn't really get a lot of the whole talking and communicating with the dead. Last but not least the ending was anti- climatic with a bing bang bong the culprit gets caught so easily without really explaining the whys, as well as in my opinion at least the ending came to an abrupt stop and was unfinished. All in all an alright book but had the potential to be brilliant.

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