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Review: VacantVacant (Mindspace Investigation #4) by Alex Hughes
Narrated by: Daniel May
Published by Roc on Dec 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

I’ve mentioned before that this is an amazing series that no one seems to be reading. I mean, only one of my Goodreads friends has reviewed this book, and only 7 others have it on their shelves. If you enjoy The Dresden Files, you really do need to check out this series. Start with book one though as each book builds onto the series.

This book had so much happen! Adam goes away from his usual spot at Isabella’s side in order to work a case for the FBI. He’s really on his own for a change, and I’m so proud of how he handled everything. There was much less whining about his addiction, and much more focus on the little boy he’s assigned to watch.

I know that Adam’s history is as a teacher, and the series started long after that point, but this book really showed what he was like before he became an addict. His teacher side came out, and he showed that he is great at teaching, and is surprisingly amazing with kids. He was patient and understanding, and knew how to explain things at the level his student needed. It was very heartwarming to see.

Isabella had her own issues to deal with, and they were really big ones. We didn’t get all the details since Adam wasn’t there, but I felt like she unfairly took that out on him. He was in a very difficult situation having to choose between standing beside Isabella as her support, or choosing to try to save a kid’s life. That’s a very hard choice, and I feel like Isabella was not understanding of it at all. Of course, I prefer Adam’s character to Isabella, so maybe I’m biased, but still, she should have seen that he was trying.

There were quite a few bombshells at the end of the story which make me really look forward to the next book. Things are headed into a slightly new direction, and it’s exciting. With the progress that Adam has made, and the side shown in this book, I really can’t wait to see what happens next.

Like the previous books in the series, I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and really enjoyed it. The narrator is becoming Adam’s voice, and I find it hard to even entertain reading the story, rather than listening to it. This series is well suited to audio narration, and the choice of narrator is spot on.

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