Title: Unspeakable Words (The Sixth Sense #1)
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery
Page Count: 201
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.
First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.
I was not aware this was a 2nd Edition until I started writing my review, so I can’t say how it compares to the 1st Edition.
What I can say: I really enjoyed this book. It pushed all my happy buttons.
Premise of the book is Flynn and Parker have been assigned to the same case and the two agents are barely tolerating each other presence. When John Flynn touches an unknown object in a museum during the course of the investigation and receives a stunning shock, he finds he can now read minds. Jerry Parker steps up to the plate to make sure Flynn doesn’t lose it mentally while they continue to figure out what to do about the investigation and Flynn’s new abilities.
I started this with some trepidation, because I truly don’t care for the enemies to angry/butting heads lovers or the over use of angst trope so often found in our FBI/CSI/detective pairings. This skirted around that and slide nicely into a mutual companionship with regular partner issues. Well…almost regular issues.
I will confess, I had problems keeping Agent “Flynn” and Agent “Parker” straight – the last names were too much like first names I kept losing track of who was who.
I thought the murder mystery was a bit weak, the two agents figuring out “who done it” about half way through and then the emphasis shifting to Flynn and Parker’s budding relationship as the navigated catching the protagonist. For myself, it was a somewhat lazy transition.
What I enjoyed about this book:
• Jerry’s internal monologue that never stopped. I thought it helped define his character, especially with the eidetic memory and slight OCD issues. And once John could read minds? What a hoot!
• Oliver and Phoenix. Nicely done – cute without being saccharine.
• OMGosh! References to Sir Pratchett! Dick Francis! (geek out moment…)
• John messing with Jerry (yup, double “J”s for first names). It was subtle, it was cute.
• John remains a bit of an enigma – the story is told almost exclusively from Jerry’s POV, so John Flynn continues to be a bit of a mystery, and his actions speak for him.
So when all was said and read, this was an enjoyable read with a different twist on the paranormal. I am really looking forward to the rest in the series. My only query being are those due for revision as well and if I should wait?