Title: Dark Empathy (Compound #1)
Author: Katy Morgan
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
These are the rules:
1. Extremely rare and powerful empaths never escape the compound.
(Bastian Lucas escaped a year ago, and just because he’s been dragged back doesn’t mean he won’t escape again at the first opportunity….and cause as much trouble as he can while doing it.)
2. Officers do as they’re told and never ask questions.
(Captain Henry Mortimer has followed orders his entire life, but Bastian’s arrival—and the disappearance of one of Henry’s team—have gotten him wondering.)
When Major Valentine orders Henry and Bastian to investigate a series of murders committed by an asset with powers very similar to Bastian’s, it brings to light more than just a cover up. Things like why an empath who shouldn’t exist is killing senators, what exactly Valentine has been doing with the sinister asset program, and whether or not Henry and Bastian will live to see the end of this case.
Because they’re in danger of breaking rule number three as well:
3. Don’t fall in love.
I picked this one based on the blurb and figured I knew what I was in for. I was surprised at the beginning! Great character portrayal, as they practically carry the story. It’s very slow paced story but the interaction between heroes manages to shine and keep the story interesting.
They happen to be on opposite sides of the fence: (or it looks that way!) Bastien is cynical and prisoner in a state run compound for people with extraordinary abilities. Despite everything that happened to him he still believes in good in people around him. Henry, on the other hand is part of compound security forces: specifically he leads retrieval team and it’s his duty to capture and bring in people like Sebastian. After more than a decade on the job, he suspects things in compound aren’t on the up and up, but can’t afford to care: he keeps quiet to protect his team. He is caught between his duty and his conscience. This is what more than anything kept my interest in the story.
It was fascinating watching how Bastien and Henry act, their inner struggle and reaction to unenviable circumstances they are in. The villains (yes, plural) make terrifying kind of sense: it’s what makes this world so believable. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. They don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing. They consider it necessary: that’s why they are evil and why it was so easy to root for Bastian and Henry to do something about the situation.
The romance part is very light (think slow burn romance) but it does fit the story. It’s great paranormal story with dash of romance. The ending (which I’m hoping is set up for next book in series) is very sweet. It made up for all angst I suffered during the reading!