Monday, October 17, 2011

Book Review: Double Cross

Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

Review copy provided by Untreed Books

Rating: 4/5


Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers - dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men - one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

My Thoughts:
I'm always a little wary of the second book in a series, as they usually don't live up to the first or meet my expectations. Especially when I really loved book one. Well, no worries here, as this is another great story featuring Justine and her fellow Disillusionists!

Justine is not enjoying her job, and is beginning to have doubts about her mission of rebooting the criminals that Mayor Otto has imprisoned. If the Disillusionists reboot the bad guys, Otto won't have to expend so much energy to keep up all of the prisons, thus relieving his awful headaches and reducing the pressure. But what if the imprisoned are really innocent? Who made Otto judge and jury? Is he infallible? Justine begins to doubt her boyfriend and, in her confusion, finds that Packard might not be as bad as she thought.

On top of her job dissatisfaction, someone is targeting highcaps and both Otto and Packard are at risk. How the killers are able to track down the highcaps is a mystery, and pretty clever once discovered. Crane is nothing if not original, and I love her sense of humor!

Poor Justine has to deal with a tangled love life, a confusing work situation, and the fact that someone wants to kill all highcaps, including the two men in her life. Doesn't help that she's a major hypochondriac who can only find relief through disillusioning someone. No wonder she's worried about a star vein bursting in her head!

The ending took me by surprise and made me rethink a few things. Really looking forward to the finale of this trilogy, Head Rush, and finding out what happens next!


  1. I've heard about the surprise ending. I so want to read this series and it looks like I really do need to pick it up!

  2. Melissa - Love that Carolyn has such an original & rich imagination!

    Sheila - It is! It is! :)

  3. Interesting...very interesting. So glad that book 2 panned out for you're right, it can be hard to hit the mark the second time around. Happy reading and thanks for the share!

  4. Oh so glad to see you loved this one too! And the second book syndrome didn't set in. :) I thought this was a wonderful second book as well. I am really looking forward to Head Rush!