I don’t know how Ms. Arthur keeps her alternate Earth stories separate. I’m a passionate reader of hers and in the different series, there are I believe at least 3 distinct story worlds. All similar, but with their own spin on things. Memory Zero kicks off yet another one (and is again a reprint of an earlier release), The Spook Squad.
As usual, I loved the world Ms. Arthur has created. Humans know about the alternate creatures out there and aren’t exactly thrilled, but they deal with them. However, the alternate creatures are not necessarily so happy to be controlled by humans. Enter Sam Ryder. Her life (at least her memory) started when she was 14 and she’s never really been too concerned with what she might not remember.
That changes the night she shoots her partner Jack. But was it really Jack? And, of course, she has to convince everyone around her that she was shooting in self-defense when there is little evidence to the contrary … it doesn’t help when Jack’s corpse disappears from the morgue either.
I didn’t know where this story was going to take me, and I loved every minute of that fact. I hurt for Sam when she loses what she does, and empathized with her as she tried to deal with some surprising abilities that start cropping up for her over the course of the book.
There was, of course, a potential love interest in the form of shifter Gabriel. As I’ve come to expect, the romance isn’t hot and heavy, just some appreciation of attractiveness, but the romance rarely comes early in an Arthur series. That’s part of what makes me keep reading – I want to know HOW they get together when one of the pair (usually the man) is absolutely determined NOT to get into a relationship of any sort with the other.
So – in short, this is a great starting point to another series. I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.