Review: The Sensation by Amanda Bridgeman

50714055._sy475_Having really enjoyed my time with the first book in the Salvi Brentt series, I gladly continued my foray into future San Francisco as soon as I could. 

Thanks to the author, as well as Angry Robot for the review copy!

A series of brutal murders has the homicide division of San Francisco’s Hub 9 working overtime. But as the bodies mount, they begin to question whether the attacks are random or somehow connected.

When one of their own falls victim, Detective Salvi Brentt and the Hub 9 homicide team join forces with the narcotics and cyber divisions to track down those responsible. They soon discover a volatile new drug-tech experience, involving black market neural implants, has hit the streets, causing the epidemic of violence and missing persons.

With the clock ticking and the bodies piling up, Salvi must go deep undercover in the seedy Sensation club scene to found out who is behind it. But in the secretive playgrounds of the rich and powerful, some will stop at nothing to protect their empire…

This is the continuing story of Salvi Brentt, who is a detective with the homicide division of the San Francisco police department. She’s just come back onto active duty after the events that happened in the first volume, just in time for a crimewave to hit the streets. 

The crimes are tied into popular night clubs in the area, which seem to be the source of the two new drugs on the scene, known as Fyte and Flyte. That, and illegal neural tech. Salvi goes undercover into the clubs to try and find a lead on who is running the show, but the clubs are very exclusive, and it will take a great deal of networking before she can make her way up the ladder.

Many shenanigans are had along the way.

I enjoyed this one, but I didn’t fall in love with it like I did the first. I like Salvi, and find her easy to cheer for, but in this one she was a little irritating at times, and it started to grate a little. Salvi has to do a lot of undercover work in this one, and while I do believe she has the skills needed to manage it, she managed to get in with basically the head honcho of the club with… not a lot of work. After how much it was stressed that this was the sort of club where people spend weeks and months getting from floor to floor, this made my eyes roll a little. That said, it did help with the pacing of the book. I thought it ran smoothly from start to finish, and blended a bunch of different threads into one huge weave of a mystery. 

The mystery stayed, for the most part, mysterious to me until the end, and I have to say that the last quarter of this book was a veritable thrillride that I was not expecting at all. I pushed to finish the book in the middle of the night because I simply could not put it down in order to sleep. I had to know what happened to Salvi. I also have to say that I liked the little bits of romance that were peppered through this one. It was rather cute. 

So all told, I did like this one, but not as much as I liked the first one. I am eager to see what happens next in Salvi’s cyberpunk world, because this one left a whoooooole bunch of room for more shenanigans. I am excited to see where it goes! 4/5 stars!~


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