I heard about this book before it even had a cover, and because it had a serial killer in it I knew I just had to read it. I have Susanne's first novel, The Other Life, because along with an addiction to any book that has a serial killer (or a killer in general) in it, I love a book that has zombies and/or any kind of mutant virus in it. This being said I haven't read Susanne's first novel (bad me). I went into this novel with pretty high expectations, because when you say "serial killer" I expect blood, gore, mystery, and well, dead bodies, so when I started it and found that the first page pulled me in I knew I had picked up something good. Sometimes I think I make up my mind about a book from the first few chapters (although I almost always finish them, regardless of whether I enjoy them or not), and the first few chapters of this book were just as good as the rest of them. The plot was pleasantly original, although there were elements from other books out there (but what book is wholly original in today's world? If you actually name a book you're lying), and the characters were loads of fun. It's always great to read about characters with mutant powers because, let's face it, we've ALL wanted to be able to walk through walls or be as strong as an ox at one point or another in our lives. There was also an underlying message that I thought said that you need to learn how to be yourself, how to be COMFORTABLE being yourself, because that is never going to change (although I could have just made that up completely). I can't wait for the next book to see where the story goes from here, because I'm sure the next book will be just as exciting, if not more so. I got vibes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, and of course one of my favorite book series ever, The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting, so fans of crime drama's and paranormal romance will just eat this book up. The boys are swoon-worthy, the powers are super cool, the mystery keeps you guessing until the last second, and some dead bodies for the men who might pick it up.
Out May 28, 2013
5/5 dust spirits
*I traded an ARC I got at ALA in return from this one, but my review is still completely honest and was not paid for in any way.