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Psych: Mind-Altering Murder Kindle Edition
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First, Gus is the star in this book. The story finds him struggling with the decision to either stay with his current pharmaceutical job and his role at Psych (and stay a child who is irresponsible and childish) or accept an executive position at a much larger pharmaceutical company in San Francisco which would mean no longer working with Shawn at Psych in Santa Barbara (and growing up as he feels he should do). This scenerio puts him at great odds with Shawn who doesn't want to lose his friend and doesn't want to face change, but at the same time, he feels he must let Gus go if that is what makes Gus happy. Gus goes from being very moody and indecisive until he decides to relocate and accept the position in the new company at which point he's content that he has made the correct decision. However, employees at this company are dying in supposed accidents which begin to look like murders.
Meanwhile, Shawn is working on a missing person's case that involves him playing a special video game where the clues to this person's whereabouts can be found.
And meanwhile, Lassie and Jules are working on a baffling possible suicide or murder case that is personally affecting Jules.
Now all of this begins to intertwine and come together. For most of the story, Shawn and Gus are doing their own thing, Shawn works with Jules and Lassie only briefly, Gus and Jules and Lassie only briefly connect, and so on until the very end when it all comes together, and so do they.
When I first started reading this book, I thought I wasn't going to like it. It began with Shawn and Gus playing this rather macabre video game and was sort of weird and depressing. But once the action and intrique began shortly after this from the development of these three parallel stories going on at the same time, I found it difficult to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading because I was curious how it was going to all come together and I was anxious to see what was going to happen to Shawn and Gus's friendship. I had no idea how it was going to end until Shawn began putting it all together so it kept me guessing who was really the culprit. I will admit that it took some getting used to that Shawn and Gus were at serious odds through most of the story because that's not usual with the other books and the show. But it did allow different insight into their friendship and their individual personalities that we don't normally see. I would say to give it a shot and don't be thrown too far off by the more realistic portrayals of the main characters. It's worth the read.
This book is about the tragic yet funny split between Shawn and Gus. Gus takes an executive job with a big pharmaceutical company leaving Shawn to run Psych on his own. While Gus is creating his new grown up life Shawn is caught in the middle of two cases, little does he know that a third case is soon to require his attention. This was a great story that held my attention and kept me flying through chapters.
My only complaint about this book was the characters, Shawn and Gus, were a little more over the top than I would have liked. What I mean is the child like bickering that seems to be part of their character was way to long and I even found my myself wishing Shawn would just get to the point. No one can write a characters as well as James Roday, or Dulè Hill play them on television, but William Rabkin does a great job adapting them for these novels. I hope he keeps writing these because whenever I want a quick entertaining read I always fall back to one of these.
Normally, she might turn to Shawn Spencer, but Shawn is occupied with a case of his own. Macklin Tanner, CEO of a virtual gaming company, has vanished and Shawn is convinced that the key to his disappearance is in the new virtual reality game that his company was about to release.
And Gus? Well, Gus has decided it is time to grow up and get a grown up job at a pharmaceutical company in San Francisco. Will his attempts to leave Psych behind work? Or will one of these cases wind up involving his new company?
Author William Rabkin took some big risks with this tie in novel to the TV show psych, but I think they actually work well. By separating Shawn and Gus, we get a good look at their friendship from both points of view, and it helped me understand the dynamics better. Shawn seemed a bit overly dense in this book, but other than that I thought the characters were pretty much in character.
There are really two parallel plots in the book. They move in and out of each other effortlessly, and it's easy to keep them apart. I found both to be quite interesting. Honestly, I had a hard time putting the book down. I did figure out thing out about the time Shawn did, although there were lots of details I didn't get on my own.
The last couple of novels in this series haven't been as good as the first two, but this one is back on track. I thought it was a great way to get a fix of the show until it returns this fall.
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