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(Mindspace Investigations #2)

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HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our b
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Roc (first published January 1st 2013)
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“I’m a telepath. No one has stoned me yet. Obviously I can keep a secret.” (c)
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Despite her small size, delicate features, and obvious age, she carried herself with confidence. Well, maybe “confidence” wasn’t the right word. The attitude of a woman carrying a big, crass, brightly painted grenade launcher, with an antiaircraft laser attachment for good measure? That. With a string of pearls. Let’s just say she got what she wanted more often than she didn’t, one way or the other. (c)
Shellii
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Just gets better and better!

Sharp is the second book in the Mindspace Investigation series. As a followup to the first, this book does not disappoint. Our resident telepath struggles with his recovery on several levels. The evolution of the characters and their connections to each other made for well developed plot points. There were plenty of surprises, some good and some, "OMG, NO!!" This book does well with exploring some backstory, Alex Hughes is excellent in establishing the direction an
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Jeffrey
After a war in which most of humanity was killed, the world has banned the use of tech and especially biological entities that were used in the war. Cops, however still have to solve crimes. Enter Adam. A Level Eight telepath, Adam was kicked out of the Guild of Telepaths because he was an addict and burned out the talents of three of his students. Adam has found a niche, however, with the police using his powerful skills in Mindspace to interrogate suspected felons. He found this position throu ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
3.5

Sharp should have been titled one damn thing after another. Exhausting. Every step forward, every small victory has been followed by two or three (or four) steps back.

A word of advice: read this when you are in a good mood. Adam's depression was starting to wear me out. His problems involve almost every single person he knows and some new ones. It was a chore to get through the first third of the book. Adam's depression combined with the amount of ungratefulness and people around him being h
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Dr susan
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Comparing Alex Hughes to Jim Butcher does both authors a disservice. Their books are fantastic and nothing alike. Sharp is stunning, convoluted, tragic, and ...real. Adam's struggles may be set in a future post-apocalyptic world, but his addiction and attempts to cope with his life are all too real. Since his story is first person point of view, the reader only knows how other people view Adam if he picks up their thoughts. This POV lets the reader be just as surprised as Adam when he finds out ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Going by the number of Goodreads and Amazon reviews for this series, I say – this is the best series you are not reading. It’s like JD Robb meets Jim Butcher. Set in the future, with a strong murder-mystery suspense element, the world is the result of a Tech war, where millions died and technology can no longer be trusted. Our hero, Adam is a very high-level telepath who consults with the police department. His partner, Cherabino is a very tough detective who Adam is attracted to, although let m ...more
Jennifer
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Practical Mike
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Alright alright already... I get it. The hero has guilt issues. And rightfully so. But I'm thinking the author should be feeling pretty guilty too after assaulting the reader time after time after time after time after time (I could keep this up all day and not do the guilt expressed in this book justice) after time... with the hero's guilt issues. It might be ok if he felt guilty over different things but there are really only two issues going into this book and they get brought up so often tha ...more
3sm3
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm getting a little tired of his affection and excuses for a partner who is physically abusive to him.
Kathy Davie
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second in the Mindspace Investigation mystery paranormal series set in a dystopian world revolving around Adam, a damaged rogue psychic working for the police. It's been six weeks since events in Clean , 1.

My Take
Hughes is never boring! I love the twist he's taken on psychic abilities, on how our world became the nightmare it is and how people cope with it, their fears, how they try to enjoy what they have. It's an intriguing and scary world with psychics running the real world, real protein
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Nae
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, cops, urban-fantasy, psy
3.5 stars

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Adam is a level 8 telepath, the only one to leave the Guild that overseas people with Abilities, or rather he was the only one to get kicked out of the Guild, and still practice. He is now an interrogator for the police department (but not an actual cop), using his telepathy to pull things out of the suspects’ minds and therefore getting them to confess to their crimes.

Adam is going through some growing pains with his telepathy being on the fritz due to overus
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Bonnie Randall
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The stakes are high for Adam when he's not only faced by the bizarre murder of a former student from his days with The Guild, but is also with the looming possibility of unemployment as the police department he contracts for is burdened with a wave of budgetary cut-backs. Add to that the chilly reception he continues to receive from Cherabino, the lady he (inexplicably. Sorry. I just can't. CANNOT) loves and Adam is struggling.

Small rant: How many times does Adam have to help this bitch? Seriou
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Kathy
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series and this sequel is well thought out and written...but I have to say its also depressing. Adam lurches from one disaster to another and really can't seem to get a break. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who will love this but I really don't need fantasy books to make me depressed....
Kurt
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The addict and continuous self doubt side of the story isn't my cup of tea, but I like the concept and story line.
keikii Eats Books
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
94 points/100 (4 ¾/5 stars)

I'm still recovering from the time I hurt my brain and my powers are still coming back. Cherabino is still mad at me for the psychic link I accidentally created. My job is on the line, for real this item. The Guild is investigating me, in case I might turn rogue. And there is now a cop killer I have to investigate, because he killed someone I know this time.

I fall into being Adam so easily, I just want to stay being him. This may not make sense to some. However, when I
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Sionna
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series now.
True, there isn't amazing connection with the characters, but I've finally come to like Adam and when he hurts, or thinking about relapsing I get so emotional. He just needs people in his corner!!
I feel like the world building is better-- I understand more, so that is a bit of an improvement.

I liked the mystery, but I kinda guessed some things while finding others not totally available to guess. So, not a "traditional" mystery, but there is still enough to g
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Jenn
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you follow my other blog, you'll know that I've really enjoyed the first couple stories in Alex Hughes' Mindspace Investigations. Her debut novel, CLEAN, was great and the follow-up e-novella, which bridges the gap between CLEAN and her newest novel, SHARP, is probably one of the best novellas I've read lately. Needless to say, I was excited to get my hands on SHARP!

Since this is the first time I'm discussing the Mindspace Investigations series here on Tynga's Reviews, though, I feel like I s
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Marlene
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

In this second full-length novel in Alex Hughes' absolutely awesome Mindspace Investigation series, the mind of the killer is sharp; unfortunately, the mind of the telepath investigating the crime is anything but.

Level 8 telepath Adam Ward injured his mental pathways at the end of Clean(incredible, stunning debut) and is left trying to hide his hopefully temporary disability from the school of sharks he works among, otherwise known as the DeKalb County Poli
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Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

SHARP, the second book in the Mindscape Investigations series feels like a mash-up of a noir detective series with supernatural elements. Being a big mystery fan I was surprised at just how much the pacing mirrored a mystery series with a lot more methodical detective work and occasional bursts of action. I also liked how technology was feared and outlawed which forced these modern cops to use more of the simpler methods older noir detectives used. Anot
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Misao Aiko
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love to see growth in a character abdAdam keeps improving, however Cherabino is annoying, she's worse than Murphy was in Dresden.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Another reviewer (Smexy Books) called this “the best series you are not reading. It’s like JD Robb meets Jim Butcher.” This may be the best description for this series. It really sums it up nicely.

One thing that really stuck in my mind while listening to this story is how often the main character’s name is said. In the first book, I don’t think his first name was ever mentioned, but in this book, almost everyone says Adam’s name when talking to him. It was a very noticeable difference. One that
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Kim
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: has-read
I find myself having a difficult time reviewing these books. I honestly like them a lot, but so much goes into each story that I'm always left feeling like I have left out something important in a review. So I'm not going to even try to get everything in this review. I'll just tell you about some of the things I like and some of the things I don't like.

I hate that this novel felt so short. I also hate that there weren't to many loose ends wrapped up. The whole Link thing with Cherabino and the S
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Emily Hanks
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I did it! I finally finished this book. I think it took me about a year.

It's not really my style of book, but my husband read the series and he thought I would like it. I liked the first book very much; but, the second book is not sitting well with me.

There is a lot of detail in this book & a lot of build up to the climax - which doesn't happen till the book is almost over. I get the technique; if you have the good part at the end the reader will want to go pick up the next.

Not happy with:
1)
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Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

It's almost difficult to put into words what this book (and series) have to offer... It's a first person Sci-Fi - told from the point of view of our flawed and yet utterly lovable hero - with the grittiness of Urban Fantasy, the pace and intrigue of a good mystery, and some wonderful action and romantic tension thrown in for good measure, all rolled into an utterly u
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Rochelle Brandon
Hughes writing is up close and personal. The main character's first person narrative pulls the reader into mindspace with him. He is believably realistic, flawed, strong and vulnerable. I can't help but empathize with his situation and struggles. He is all too human despite his telepathy. The reader gets to look at all the major emotions with him from the inside out: love, loyalty, friendship, regret, forgiveness, guilt, revenge, self respect and that ugly little monster who lives inside us all: ...more
Elisa
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars. I am really enjoying this gritty series. Lots of action, violence, self-recrimination, crazy characters and a lead who is addicted to a drug he can't have. He is as moral as he can be while really wanting to fall off the wagon and get high. Urban fantasy police procedural with a tech averse world (tech killed off most people a few years back) and magic users with certain specialized talents running around as the power holders (are they good or bad?) Similar formula in a way to Ha ...more
Vivienne
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of those protagonists that you really want to smack sometimes due to whiny outlook. But there is growth from his completely unattractive addict personality at the beginning of the first book to not so whiny/start to deal with life at the end of the second. Enjoyed story even without identifying with main character.
Tom
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
OK, though I find the protagonist too flawed, and disturbingly incompetent at times.
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Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her short pieces are publishe
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