Renovation

Author: Lane Robins

Publisher: Blind Eye Books

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: Weightless Books & Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: JK Lassiter moved to Dallas for a chance at a normal life. But normal is a hard thing to come by when he’s at the mercy of the rogue psychic power that robbed him of a decade of friendships and joy. At twenty-eight he s finally making up for those lost years. He s landed a job renovating a long-neglected house. He s met eccentric neighbours, made new friends, and after sexy man-next-door, Nick Collier, shows up, he s even begun to hope that romance might not be impossible. But when JK s extra-sensory abilities reveal evidence of a brutal crime, he finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation and feels his dream of attaining a normal life slipping away again. Even worse, the list of suspects starts with JK s new neighbours, his new friends, and, as far as the police are concerned, ends with Nick. Now with the lives of people he cares for on the line, JK he must fight to control the abilities he never wanted to hunt down a killer.”

 

Review:  JK Lassiter is going to live his own life on his own terms. His psychic power is going to make that difficult, but he’s going to do it. JK is going to renovate the Barton house and his boss is going to flip it for a big profit. It’s something JK could really make a career out of. Unfortunately, the Barton house is not only ugly it’s full of horrible memories and emotions. JK plans to overwrite the bad feelings with new positive feelings, take his meds as prescribed, and hunker down and get to work. The attractive guy next door, Nick, is just a bonus. JK has trouble working in the house. Foolishly, he takes his gloves off to see if he can learn anything about the house. Barton was a horrible person. JK has some real difficulties staying in the house. He does enjoy his burgeoning relationship with Nick. He even manages to get Nick to go on a coffee date. JK quickly learns Nick’s life has been in upheaval for a while. Nick’s friends are extremely protective and quickly latch onto the fact JK is different.

While working in the backyard JK has a major psychic experience that leads him to believe Barton is dead and buried in the backyard. Nick’s friend doesn’t want him digging. Finding Barton’s body leads to police scrutiny of the neighborhood, the neighbors, and Nick’s circle of close friends. JK decides to investigate despite the fact he’s opening himself up to severe problems as a result of using his psychic powers, but he can’t let a killer go free even if Barton was a horrible man, and he can’t leave the wrong person in jail.

Unfortunately I had this book solved by page 25. I kept hoping I was wrong. For a while I thought I might be, but at the same time the real killer was just being cemented more strongly into my brain. I enjoy the locked room mystery trope, but sometimes it’s just really obvious and this was, for me, one of those times. So yeah, the whole mystery aspect of the story was a bit of a wash for me.

I’m not sure how I felt about Nick asking JK to use his abilities. It was everything JK’s brother feared would happen to him. Nick regretted it when he saw the end result and JK had the power to say no, but I just didn’t like it. Especially after Nick was so offended JK could use his ability to look into his life and he had no similar power. It added an interesting element that this relationship was lopsided and not in favor of the person with the special power. Hopefully that was intentional, as this whole book had a vibe that JK had a psychic disability rather than a psychic ability.

I expected more from the mystery, but the paranormal and relationship aspects of the story took up some of the slack. JK’s psychic powers never felt like a way to solve the story’s problems and fit in well with the plot as a whole. I’d recommend the book to die-hard mystery fans.

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