Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: November 11, 2006
Page Length: 163 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren’t any more effective than sugar pills.
Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he’s willing to spring for the Starbucks.
Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor’s pants than in providing any actual assistance.
This book freaked me out. I don’t really do stories involving ghosts, or the supernatural in general, but the PsyCop series is so good, and I just find myself reading the books anyways. I like a good mystery, and I love Vic’s voice as he tells the story. Vic is adorable and I love him a lot. Vic is very entertaining, and I never feel like I’m missing out on not having POV chapters from other characters. The story starts off with Vic and Maurice, his now retired non-psychic partner, on a fishing trip. Vic, as we recall, is a psychic who can see and speak with dead people. And a little ways into the trip, with both Vic and Maurice out on a boat in the water, Vic sees the images of dead people rising to the surface, clamoring to speak with him. As one might expect, Vic gets properly freaked out by this incident.
I looked down at the hook. Maurice had squished a worm onto it. A worm spirit didn’t appear and immediately start telling me about the moment of its death, so I presumed I was safe from the spirits of bugs.
Pretty soon, it seems like the drugs that Vic takes, which he takes in doses above the suggested amount and one that he gets my less than legal means, isn’t entirely working to block out the dead. They come to him in numbers greater than before and instead of passively yelling at him about their grievances, they take almost a zombie-like approach with their arms outstretched, reaching for Vic wherever he is.
No place seems safe anymore to block out the dead and Vic has to deal with having a new partner. His last partner in the first book, Lisa, had lied to work on a PsyCop team where one partner is a psychic, and one is not (otherwise called a Stiff). Lisa herself is a psychic and has been sent away for proper training that she skipped out on before, and isn’t really in the picture to help Vic with her si-no psychic questioning skills. Vic has landed a new partner, Roger, and he seems eager on the job and seems nice enough.
Jacob and Vic are living together at the moment in Vic’s apartment while Jacob hunts for a new place to live. After the events in the last book, Jacob isn’t at all comfortable in his own home, and we get to see Jacob and Vic being all loving and in a relationship, even though Vic isn’t technically “out”. I like Jacob just fine. He seems perfect for Vic and seems to take all the psychic stuff in stride, even though he has no abilities to speak of.
Good thing anything paranormal, ugly or not, made Jacob horny. But still, there had to be a limit somewhere, and I wasn’t eager to find it.
We do meet another interesting new character besides Roger and Vic’s new doctor. We meet a character named Crash, who is a bit much personality-wise, but I wouldn’t mind reading about him so more in future books.
There are some hot scenes between Jacob and Vic. But what I really loved is the mystery-aspect of this story. The mystery unravels pretty nicely and I loved when everything got revealed. It’s just one of those moments where I feel like I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. And that’s what made this story fun and kept me on the edge of my seat. The one thing that may or may not be a plot hole is the cold case that Vic and Roger take on? It’s never addressed either way that helped solve it or not, but the storyline just kind of vanishes as Vic’s personally issues with the dead take over. That’s probably my one hang-up about this story, but otherwise, the characters and story were wonderful and I can’t wait to read the next book!