Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ARC Review: Truth and Consequences (The Sixth Sense #3) by Sarah Madison

Truth and Consequences (The Sixth Sense, #3)From the blurb:

When FBI agent Jerry Lee Parker wakes from a coma after a murderous attack on his life, he has no memory of his immediate past. In the blink of an eye, he has gone from having a nearly photographic memory to recalling nothing of the last six months of his life, including his partner and lover, John Flynn. While Lee tries to reboot his past and reconnect with John, there are events at play around him he doesn’t understand. John is keeping secrets from him, secrets that could get them both killed.
Matters come to a head when Lee is hounded to turn over a mysterious artifact, of which he has no knowledge. The two men wind up in a fight for their lives as they risk everything to keep the powerful relic out of the hands of a ruthless killer. In order to protect those he loves, however, John may be forced to make a deal with the devil.

Rosa's review:


The first book in The Sixth Sense series, Unspeakable Words, had some faults but was quite enjoyable. The second book, Walk a Mile, made me pissy as hell. But this book? I like it!

I'm going to put the majority of my review under the cut--it was just way too hard reviewing the second book without spoiling the first one and I don't have the energy to even attempt it with this one. But anyway, I do want to say one thing to people who haven't started this series yet: do NOT get attached the serial killer plot in the first book. I love serial killers (I've got a t-shirt and everything and one thing that disappointed me about the first book was that part of the plot was completely dropped about halfway through and then barely mentioned in the second. It was just an excuse for Special Agent John Flynn to fly to San Francisco and meet Special Agent Jerry Lee Parker. The main focus of the mystery is the magical mystical shit (with some murder thrown in, yes). The main focus of the romance is golly gee whizzer, we sure suck at communicating!, which, in case I’m being too subtle, I hate. Generally. I like the characters and books enough to stick with this series, though. Also, I’ve come to accept that I may never get any answers about that serial killer. Whaddya gonna do?


Oh! Oooooh! I almost forgot. The sex in this book is pretty good too. A vast ocean of improvement over the first book (fade to black) and the second (it was odd because reasons).

*Below this cut be SPOILERS for books 1 & 2*

Okay, this is kind of an odd mystery novel—especially for the third book in a series. At the end of the second book, our main hero Jerry Lee Parker was hit in the head with a baseball bat and lost his memory of the last 6 months—the entire of length of time he’d been partners (and partners *eyebrow waggle*) with John Flynn. So no memory at all of Flynn’s telepathy, their body swapping and the artifacts that caused it. Oh and no idea that dangerous people might be after them because of those artifacts. It’s kind of Gothic—who is this attractive dude, John Flynn, and can I trust him?

I can see how this may bug a lot of readers. For most of Truth and Consequences, well, there’s no truth and no consequences and it may feel like instead of moving the plot forward, the author is basically starting over. There are a lot of scenes with Parker stuck at home with Flynn’s mother Jean (with whom they’re staying) and doing research and trying to guess what’s going on. I can imagine this frustrating people because as we’ve read the first two books we already know what’s going on and it’s almost like Parker is one of those seriously annoying people who wander into a movie when it’s half way over and demand to know what’s going on.

And it's true that as far as the mystery is concerned there is no real developments until almost the end of the book. (Maybe the last 20%?) One reason I think I didn't find that annoying is that it's been a year since I've read the first 2 books. And there are A LOT of books that have come between then and now. I don't remember shit, basically. So I was fine with Parker trying to figure out what had happened over the past 6 months. (In other words, don't think you have to reread the series to enjoy this book.)

Also, I didn't mind the redo because of what it meant for Parker and Flynn's relationship. They made me NUTS in the last two books. Parker's used to rejection and was afraid if Flynn read his mind he wouldn't like what he saw. So he put up psychic walls. I don't blame him at all, but every time he blocked Flynn that would cause an upset because Flynn felt like Parker didn't trust him, or was rejecting him. And then they'd get all pissy with each other. This went on for two damn books and I was sick of it. I liked that in this book, because Parker couldn't remember Flynn's telepathy, he thought whatever he wanted around him. And this made Flynn more communicative and affectionate. FUCKING FINALLY. Also, I liked that because Parker had no memory of how he bagged such a babe, he just assumed that this guy must really like/love me and had more confidence in himself sexually and romantically. My only fear was would there be a huge backlash once Parker found out about all Flynn was hiding, which he must, right? But you're not getting any spoilers out of me.

I suppose I should be annoyed with Flynn for hiding so much from Parker, just as I should be annoyed with the author for basically starting from scratch...but fuck it. I like the results so much I just can't work up the will to give a shit. And I can't wait for the next installment.

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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