- File Size: 4776 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Stone Publishing (February 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBXY0UW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hacked Up: A Thriller Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
When he is faced with the possibility of serial killer using a cheating web site as a killing ground, he finds himself falling for a possible victim. He is forced to rethink his walled off feelings.
This is a fast paced and thoroughly fascinating mystery, wrapped up in a variety of intriguing characters. I was hard pressed to put it down. The sex is a more tease than up front, but it is romantic. I highly recommend it, if you want more substance to your mm.
When we meet Detective Peter Tao and his partner Detective Jamey Nolan they are investigating a gruesome murder and castration and we quickly get a sense of their good rapport and friendship. Jamey is the only one at work that knows Peter is gay. He’s not out to his conservative Korean parents and at the moment he is satisfied with a no-strings attached arrangement he has with someone in a similar situation. It’s clear he’s been burned in the past and is in no rush to start another relationship. A second similarly mutilated body turns up the next day and the case quickly takes an unexpected and devastating turn for Peter. When the investigation reveals links to an online site for cheating spouses, one potential victim poses a personal challenge for Peter and his strict views on relationships.
There is a lot going on in this story which has plenty of twists and turns, a lot of suspicious behavior and a lot of people with red hair. Peter’s investigation into the serial murders requires him to put together an unlikely team, including a whip-smart young cop on probation, a tech expert and a by-the-book cop who loves his rules and regulations.
They story is a Law and Order type procedural, ripped from the headlines and heavy on the investigation, but there is a romantic sub-plot woven into it as Peter finds himself a suitor in gorgeous tech firm CEO and potential victim Bryce Carrick. Carrick challenges Peter both personally and professionally and I absolutely loved their interactions. It was also nice to see that even through the haze of lust, Peter has a moral code that’s hard to break. Peter’s friendship with his partner Jamey was also touching and made for a few emotional moments.
Ethan Stone has crafted a complex storyline, with lots of different possibilities, plenty of red (or redheaded) herrings and likeable characters. There’s more than one investigation going on as the team’s digging into the serial murders expands their pool of witnesses and possible killers. Although I had an inkling as to who might be involved, the author did manage to surprise me a bit at the end.
I thought the story was well-paced and entertaining (and it’s not nearly as gory as the title and nature of the crimes might make it sound). I did have some small questions left about the final resolution and some trouble with the motives of one of the many baddies and wish there had been a better explanation, but overall they were minor and could be attributed to an unhinged murderer’s state of mind.
If you enjoy fast paced crime stories that are heavy on plot and will keep you guessing Hacked Up is a good pick.
The story immediately launches into the investigation, revealing elements of the main character’s personality and history along the way. Hacked Up concentrates on Peter Tao and is exclusively told from his point of view. Detective Tao and his partner quickly determine they’re dealing with a serial killer and I eagerly jumped on board, hoping for a fast paced police procedural story that delivered some twists. The twists were decidedly my favorite aspect of the book. Even when I figured out one component of the crimes, new evidence arose that led down a different path. I enjoyed the premise of the murder spree. It was a different spin and gave a believable link between victims.
The other details simply never came together to hook me. The pacing felt disjointed, the writing didn’t flow smoothly, and I struggled with Detective Tao. Although I liked Peter for the most part, his interactions with secondary characters left me conflicted. I was never convinced he was the gruff, confident police detective originally presented and his character never developed enough to explain the discrepancies. I hoped the romance would help in that respect, but it never fully took off. I wanted to be drawn into the story, but I found myself a bit disinterested overall. I wanted suspense and intrigue, but the emotion was never palpable. So despite having a good murder mystery and unforeseen twists, the execution of Hacked Up left me wanting.
*Received ebook through Netgalley*
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