by Matt Doyle.
Blurb: New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …
For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.
When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.
Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.
Length: 149 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #1.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: from author.
My Thoughts: Addict is a futuristic detective story that follows Private Investigator Cassie Tam as she delves into the world of VR to investigate an accidental overdose. The story is told from a first person perspective and reads very much like an old school PI novel. Action packed, distinctive, and set in a detailed futuristic world, Addict grabs your attention from start to finish.
Cassie Tam is a very distinctive character who leads the story with her strong voice and character. I’m not usually the biggest fan of first person but with Addict I found myself becoming immersed in the world and head space of Cassie.
I grew to absolutely love Cassie; she is a beautiful mess of personal strength, emotional vulnerability, and cynical distance. Being privy to her thought process and her moments of honest reflection made Addict such a pleasure to read.
I really enjoyed how the novel explored the way in which people live vs the way they present themselves. Cassie keeps her work separate from her personal life through her uniform, similarly she separates herself from other people and relationships with an emotional wall. Lori separates herself with her techno-role play as panther Ink – Eddie with his beliefs about the world and his sister – Hollister with her professional profile and how he runs his business.
Addict is not just a lesbian P.I. sci-fi, it is an action packed exploration of personal dichotomies and the secrets we are able to keep. I would really recommend this book for people who are after an entertaining and emotionally engaging read. Also if you’re a fan of sci fi, P.I., or lesbian genre reads, then definitely give Addict a go!
- Bert – Cassie’s protective gargoyle familiar is adorable. I absolutely loved the story of how he protected Cassie from the sugar ❤
- World building – Doyle has created an expansive and immersive world in Addict. I really enjoyed the technology of the world, it is really great seeing how the advent of new tech has affected different people. I loved seeing the Tech Shifters and the three f’s of volunteers: Furries, Fetishist, and Freaks.
Please note: I received a copy of Addict from the author.