Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.
Review: Unspeakable Words is a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. FBI agent John Flynn is called back to San Francisco from DC to work on a cold case . Seems there’s a new lead in the serial killer he worked previously. Jerry Parker is teamed up with him as his helper/partner while he’s in town. The guys clash a little at first but a freak accident upon handling an artifact at a museum leaves Flynn with the power of reading people’s minds. This is understandably hard to get a handle on. Millions of voices suddenly in your head could make a person go crazy. Jerry helps him get it under control enough to go on with day to day life. Eventually he’s able to use it to help them find the killer. Figuring out how to prove they found their murderer without letting everyone know it’s because Flynn’ can read minds is another challenge.
I liked this book. The story is told from Jerry’s POV. He has a very distinct way of thinking that kind of sets the tone of the book. Jerry has a very special skill. Once he reads something he never forgets it. You’d think this would make him an appreciated asset in the FBI office he works out of but his coworkers do not treat him that way. I thought the way Jerry sees himself and allows himself to be treated was pretty interesting. He’s looked down on because he’s gay. Floated around on projects. Talked down to. I have a feeling Flynn being in his life now will change some things for Jerry.
Flynn is confident and cocky at first glance. He’s haunted by the death of his sister and the cases he’s unable to solve. He hates the new power he has. Through reading Jerry’s mind he gets to know him better. Jerry is attracted Flynn so he gets images and thoughts of how Jerry reacts to Flynn’s presence. Jerry has only ever been with women. He feels a connection he’s never felt before to Jerry but he can’t be sure the feelings are his own. He’s especially tuned into Jerry’s feelings. I thought this aspect was also well done. Those expecting a sexy read might not love this first book. There’s not a lot of sex but I think the transition was more realistic for it. There is plenty to come for these two. Flynn wants to try everything with Jerry. Looks like at least 2 more books will be released in the series. The murder mystery was pretty good. The characters had some growth and kept me interested the entire book. They even rescued a kitten! I think these guys will be good for each other. I’m looking forward to reading about more crimes solved and how their special skills help them out. Also how the guys navigate their new relationship in and out of the bedroom.