A boy gifted with exceptional mind-reading abilities and the sister of the girl he helped murder form a tenuous alliance.
Ciaran Bain comes from a line of mind readers who work as spies for hire, hiding their talents from the outside world. But he’s the weakest of the fourth generation, because he’s highly sensitive; crowds overwhelm him due to the flood of emotions, and when someone touches him, it’s even worse. When his family enlists him and his cousins to kidnap a girl, Bain aims to prove himself but makes a dire mistake: The target ends up dead. In an attempt to salvage the mission, he searches the girl’s home, only to be confronted by her younger sister, Lucy. Bain needs Lucy to find the information he seeks, and Lucy isn’t going to let the possible killer of her sister out of her sight—not until she finds out more or takes revenge. Don builds a slow but tightly constructed bond between Bain and Lucy, anchoring the action-packed plot with their relationship, detailed between alternating perspectives. Though the pace is brisk and exciting, though, the reveal of the connection between their two families is clichéd. Ultimately, it’s the tug-of-war relationship between Bain and Lucy that elevates this thrill ride.
Come for the mind-reading spies; stay for the unlikely duo that’s unable to trust each other. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)