LISTENER

Alan Verhagen

Watson, ACT Australia
  • 69
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 71
  • ratings

Crash’s brilliant backstory!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-2020

From hair stylist extraordinaire to budding empath to psychic storekeeper, Crash is a survivor in a world that just keeps the punches coming. In some ways this was an even richer, more satisfying story than previous books because it fleshed out Crash’s character and backstory so fully. I’ve loved Victor’s jaundiced take on the PsyCop world throughout this series, but it was great to explore things from Crash’s brash chaotic POV in this book.

Pleasant but predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2020

I wanted to love this because I’ve loved everything by Jay Northcote so far. I was conflicted because it was short, focussed more on the physical relationship, and didn’t give much backstory for either main character - I just wasn’t invested in them. It desperately needed a British narrator, the American voice felt wrong.

Deeply satisfying!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-2020

This series just keeps getting better and better. Victor reluctantly moonlights with the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program as a way of finding out more about the murders they’ve undertaken. As well as being hard to put down, this book was deeply satisfying because it tied up a lot of storylines from previous books.

Hugely entertaining and absorbing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2020

This was completely absorbing! Victor develops even more powers as he uses one of the ghost TVs to search for a missing friend. Victor and Jacob are great characters and I really enjoyed the humour of Victor’s continual frustration with those around him. I also love that we haven’t reached the limits of his psychic powers. Gomez Pugh continues to perfectly capture the lovely mix of Victor’s self-doubt and PTSD reactions, with his courage and tough-guy attitude.

Absorbing conspiracy theories!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-2020

As usual Psychic police detective, Victor Bayne, is doing it tough. With the help of another psychic, he relives repressed memories of “Camp Hell”, the brutal psychic training centre. He also has to work out who is betraying him to the ruthless Federal Psychic Monitoring Program and sort a gruesome ghost haunting the hospital. I enjoyed all the moving parts a lot: Victor is developing his powers, the slow reveal of his past is picking up pace, and his relationship with Jacob is being tested. Sombre but absorbing! Pugh inhabits the characters perfectly!!

Another fun read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-2020

PsyCop, Victor Bayne, wears a permanent frown. He is on the trail of a someone or something terrorising a nursing home resident and he’s adjusting to the new home he bought with Jacob. I enjoy the tough-guy attitude Victor tries to exude and I like the PsyCop world - these are fun reads!

Moving sequel to Openly Straight!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2019

I had to think about why I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first book, Openly Straight. Maybe just too much of a good thing as I listened to them back to back, maybe the identity struggle was tougher as a straight guy comes to terms with his feelings for another guy. It contained the same great characters but was told from Ben’s POV, rather than Rafe’s. Ben is a quiet complex character who has a good moral compass but has to unpick the toxic messages about manhood that his father has always said and modelled. Moving!

LOVED this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-2019

Fun and thoughtful! Rafe is sick of being labeled as “the gay guy” in his small town, so takes the opportunity to pass as “openly straight” when he starts at a private boarding school across the country. When he falls for Ben things start to unravel! I loved the characters, the storyline, and exploration of identity!! Great performance by Pete Cross ❤️

A sweet romance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-2019

Wicksy is confused - he’s always been straight but is attracted to Charlie who performs as Lady Gogo. I tend to think of drag queens as fully formed, so it was interesting to see Charlie grappling with becoming a drag queen instead of a transsexual. Northcote always writes characters infused with such humanity, decency, and sweetness, you can’t help loving them.

Two great main characters!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-2019

I enjoyed this. Civilian profiler for the FBI, Dr Aiden Sharp, comes to the sleepy town of Lake Cliff as an expert witness in a court case. Police Detective Lane West is assigned to look after him. Aiden has Asperger’s Syndrome which has distanced people in Aiden’s past, but Lane finds him attractive & endearing. Despite the law enforcement angle, this definitely fits into the romance rather than the action category, with most of the narrative focussed on Aiden & Lane’s interactions. I liked how Lane supported Aiden but wasn’t afraid to call him on things when he needed to. The author’s son inspired the Aiden character.