Sunday, January 15, 2023

*Sneak Peek Review* Liar City by Allie Therin


Genre: Mystery/LGBTQIA+
Published: February 28, 2023
Pages: 416

A murder has Seattle on edge, and it falls to a pacifist empath—and a notorious empath hunter—to find the killer before it's too late

It’s the middle of the night when part-time police consultant and full-time empath Reece gets an anonymous call warning him that his detective sister needs his help. At an out-of-the-way Seattle marina, he discovers that three people have been butchered—including the author of the country’s strictest anti-empathy bill, which is just days from being passed into law.

Soon, Reece’s caller arrives: a shadowy government agent known as The Dead Man, who is rumored to deal exclusively in cases involving empathy. He immediately takes over the investigation, locking out both local PD and the FBI, but, strangely, keeps Reece by his side. 

As the two track an ever-growing trail of violence and destruction across Seattle, Reece must navigate a scared and angry city, an irritating attraction to his mysterious agent companion, and a rising fear that perhaps empaths like him aren’t all flight and no fight after all…

I received a copy of this sneak peek through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This sneak peek has me confuzzled. Which being a mystery, I guess it should. If I felt like I knew what was going on in this book after just five chapters, it wouldn't be a very good mystery. Then again, there are some things that after five chapters I could have a good understanding of, that I still don't. For instance, I could have a better understanding of why empathic abilities are considered a bad thing in this world, I could know a little more about how empaths have been used to help solve crimes, and I could know why Jamey is so intent on getting Reece away from the Dead Man. Then again, with a few more chapters, I'd probably have that information, so not having it in the first five is necessarily a deal breaker. 

There are about a million and a half things that I have questions about still regarding this book. Some things I'm almost dying to know. The politics surrounding empathic abilities have me intrigued, the entire Dead Man storyline has me wanting to know more, and the genres listed on Amazon tell me this is a romance and I'd love to see how that works coming from where I'm at right now. Mystery isn't a genre I typically gravitate to, but boy do I want to keep reading this one. Now I just gotta' wait until February. - Katie 

Allie Therin is a writer and avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and romance. She also is, or has been, a bookseller, an attorney, a Parks & Rec assistant, a boom operator, and a barista for one (embarrassing) day. She grew up in a tiny Pacific Northwest town with more bears than people, although the bears sadly would not practice Spanish with her.

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  1. The blurb is kind of confusing. If you end up reading the rest, you’ll have to report back.

    1. When I get around to reading the rest I absolutely will. - Katie