Skin After Skin, by Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Psycop, Book 8
Release Date: June 25, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can’t be bothered to settle down. He’s too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails.
The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon’s hotshot colorist, Red Turner. Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he’s oblivious to Crash’s flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over… so Crash thinks.
Thanks to his refusal to trust his gut, Crash not only tanks his career—he allows the one man who truly holds his interest to slip away. While he insists he doesn’t need a relationship to complete him, would sharing his life with someone really be so bad?
Skin After Skin is a sweeping saga that begins two years before Among the Living and ends just after Spook Squad. Experience PsyCop like you’ve never seen it before, through Crash’s eyes. Discover new facets of characters and events from the span of the entire series and beyond, all from the viewpoint of an extroverted empath.
Well, I devoured a 488 page book in a couple of hours, so you tell me if I liked it or not! The more I like a book, the harder it is for me to write a review for it… so this one took a few edits before I thought it did the book justice.
I’m not really into Crash in the other books, but I loved him in this one. It was really weird, but the other books are from Vic’s POV, so that may influence how some of the readers see him too. I say some, because I know some people who LOVE Crash despite this POV. If you really really hate Crash you still might like this book, because he’s totally not the same person in it and you get a lot of really good background.
This book covers what happened to Crash throughout the other Psycop books, but delves more into his backstory (especially with Red). It’s a pretty long read, but I appreciate that Price didn’t split it into two. It may seem a bit daunting, but Price’s writing is engaging and the story itself is solid and super interesting.
If you have read and enjoyed the rest of the series, this wasn’t a simple rehash of the other books. Crash is a little less intense, and a little more forgiving and laid back than Vic, so we get a completely new perspective on the characters we’ve already met. It’s not that I disliked Carolyn* in the other books, but Vic isn’t exactly her biggest fan, so it’s hard to get an unbiased read on her. Crash ends up bonding with her so I ended up learning more about her, and she is now one of my favorite characters. I think that was my favorite part of reading a Psycop book from Crash’s perspective.
* A random side note that’s basically irrelevant to this review but needs to be said: When Carolyn shows up, the “movie” my mind creates to narrate the book I’m reading pictures her as Gillian Anderson.
Price always has very solid writing and I always enjoy the grittiness of the Psycop novels. This is one series that I always recommend to people, so if you haven’t read it, try it!!! Don’t let the paranormal stuff put you off either, because I’m not usually a big fan of that and I adore this series. The books are more about the characters and mystery than shoving the paranormal down your throat.
I’m not sure if I can recommend this as a standalone or not. There’s some stuff you for sure need to read the entire series to really understand or fill in some “missing” plot information. However, I can’t tell if you’ll notice that if you’ve never read the rest of the series. I say if you’re interested in the Psycop series, but don’t want to commit to 7 books right away, check this out and see if your interest gets piqued. Or if you want to read a really good book where everything isn’t spelled out for you.
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s recently settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her mind-bending trilogy Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
Find her online at https://jordancastilloprice.wordpress.com/ or http://psycop.com/
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