Mapping the Shadows

Ash Bowman is a private detective who is living with the pain of the attack he and his former police partner suffered two years ago. He was injured and she was killed. He now works in the shadowy part of their planet with her ghost as his frequent side kick. Gabe Whitfield is a journalist who has his own reasons for looking into Ash's attack. As the two men come together in the search for a missing girl they realize they are attracted to each other. Soon the case they're working on spins out of control and they find themselves in a dangerous mystery.

This book was an interesting setting. It's set on a different planet and there are space stations and inter-galatic traveling so I guess it's technically a sci-fi book but it doesn't have that feel at all. It feels like a contempory book but with a gritty gang and poverty filled setting. I liked the author's writing style and both the mystery and the main characters were enjoyable. There was a bit of insta-love but it did not bother me too much as the overall plot was entertaining enough to overlook it. There was action and adventure and a plot that moved at a good pace. This was my first time trying this author so I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed this though and will try more by her.

Book Blurb for Mapping the Shadows

Ash Bowman is lost. Two years ago he and his cop partner, Evelyn, walked in on a murder in progress that left her dead and him maimed. He left the force and became a private investigator, but business is suffering because of his obsession with mapping the Core of the space station Fraxin Yari, where Evelyn’s ghost haunts him as he prowls the dark corridors.

Journalist Gabe Whitfield is on a mission to learn the truth behind that same murder. He doesn’t expect to stay on Frax after he finishes the job. But meeting Ash Bowman changes his plans. He came to the station a man without ties. He isn’t going to leave the same way.

Despite initially mistrusting him, Ash can’t resist his attraction to the fiery Gabe. Gabe responds, though knows he shouldn’t when Ash is one of the subjects of his investigation. But they come to trust each other and join forces to find the answers Ash had almost forgotten he was still seeking. If they are to have any chance of happiness, Gabe must help Ash lay the ghosts calling him back again and again to the deep darkness of the Core.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 4.00