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Sharp by Alex Hughes [book review]

Sharp by Alex Hughes [book review]Author: Alex Hughes
Title: Sharp
Series: Mindspace Investigations #2
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 352
Release Date: 2013-04-02
Genres: Science Fiction

HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…   As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.   And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.   Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Clean, Marked, Vacant
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Sharp is the second book in the Mindscape Investigations series.

Jen’s Review of SHARP

It is easy to jump into this story, even if you haven’t read the first book.

The general story is basically the same: Adam deals with mistrust from his co-workers while trying to deal with a case involving illegal technology linked to the Guild. However, in this one, Adam has some problems with his telepathy and has to rely more on traditional means to solve the case. He also has to deal with the threat of losing his job while the Guild tries to get him to come back to them.

Adam is even more brooding in this book, but I can understand it to a certain extent.

Cherabino is still a hard one to crack, prone to over-reacting, but shows a little softness in parts. I liked seeing more to her character.

In my opinion, this is a sad story. Adam is on the brink of failure throughout most of the book. He is at risk of losing everything he values.

I understood how Adam felt trapped by circumstances (some of his own making), but I wished he would stand up for himself a little more instead of letting people assume the worst about him.

I didn’t like that I didn’t understand why Kara provided Adam bad intel about the Guild’s courier route that made him look like a fool in front of Morris.

I also had some trouble in places identifying the speaker, if multiple people were talking.

Most of the story is wrapped up by the end of the book, but Hughes plants worry in the reader’s mind that will make you want to read the next book. This didn’t bother me because the main points had been resolved.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Sharp. I will be reading the next book in the series very soon.


Note: At the time I reviewed this book, I gave it 4.5 stars. Because we are no longer using half stars, I have changed the rating to 4 stars, which is the equivalent of a B on our rating scale.


The series starts with a prequel, called Rabbit Trick. As of August 2016, this story was available for free on Amazon.


About Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her short pieces are published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine.

Alex’s work is smart, dark, adventurous, and a little funny, with a emphasis on great characters and interesting worlds. She gets her inspiration from history (she majored with a European history focus in college), family members, and headlines, as well as whatever book she has in her hand. Lately she’s been reading neuroscience books; the brain’s a cool, cool place and the mind even more so.

An avid cook and foodie, Alex loves great food of any stripe – even better if she can figure out how to put it together. Great food is like a great book; it has lots of layers that work together beautifully, and the result is delicious and harmonious. She’s working on figuring out Indian food right now – suggestions welcome!

Alex loves swing dancing, tetris, music of all kinds, and has been known to get into long conversations with total strangers at restaurants about the Food Network, much to the embarrassment of her sister. She can also balance a spoon on her nose while crossing her eyes, and talk for hours about absolutely nothing.

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Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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