Disclaimer: I read this book as part of the editorial process; I look forward to purchasing a hardcopy to add to my collection.
I was honored to be one of the first people to read this book, and it blew me away even more than the first in the series. I didn’t realize near-future noir was a thing I needed in my life until this series, and now I wish more of it existed. But I’m not sure whether any other attempts would measure up to the adventures of Penny and Matiu. This book ups the ante from the previous, with more action, more conspiracy, and more supernatural dread.
The highlights of this book are the characters and the research. Which sounds boring when laid out that way, but everyone from Penny to Matiu to secondary characters such as Penny’s lab assistant, her erst-while significant other, Matiu’s biological mother, the voices in his head, and even the bog bodies are fascinating supplementary aspects to the main relationship. Which is still that of brother and sister, a refreshing change from the typical.
This series is near-future science fiction that doesn’t beat you over the head with shiny technology we should expect in the next few decades. Instead, the atmospheric dread evokes a future we’re barreling toward whether we like it or not. I’m anxious to see what creepiness Rabarts and Murray introduce in this world next.