Review: Secrets (PsyCop #4) by Jordan Castillo Price


Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: June 1, 2008
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 169 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.

Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party. Can’t a guy catch a break?

On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either. Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.

What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

***Note: Books 3 and 4 on paperback are bound together under the title PsyCop: Property.***

This is the fourth book and you can tell that something is about to go down in this series. So far, there have been nuggets of information about Vic’s past in Camp Hell and Vic and Jacob have been pretty solid up to this point. The book starts off with Vic and Jacob preparing all their items (well, mostly Vic’s since they’ve been sharing his apartment) for the move to their new place. And is it just me or do Vic and Jacob’s sex scenes get hotter with each book? In any case, they’re definitely more intense than ever before and leaves Vic hiding behind a turtleneck for half the book.

I think it’s super cute that Crash decides to help poor Vic at all when it’s obvious Vic has no idea what he’s doing. Vic knows next to nothing about technology and left to his own devices? He definitely not going to unpack all the items in the house by himself. Something has been stirring inside Vic recently, and that’s the mysteriousness of Camp Hell itself, otherwise known as Heliotrope Station. It no longer exists as the place Vic remembers it, but weird things are discovered when Vic realizes that even after all the cases he’s solved, there’s no evidence online that he even existed. Meanwhile, Jacob is highly recognizable walking down the street, Vic doesn’t even get his name pinged back in the search engines.

The entire time that Vic is experiencing a near anxiety attack over his lack of an online footprint, Jacob has been called on to a case. And it’s hitting him hard. Jacob isn’t the well-mannered, easy-going guy we’ve come to know. He’s short-tempered and Vic just knows that Jacob is hiding things from him. After all, Jacob does work with a human lie detector for a PsyCop partner, so he’s had plenty of time to refine his lies.

It was disturbing to come to the conclusion that he was willing to lie and scheme to get what he wanted. Or maybe just to realize that he was good at it.

Vic is precious, as always. He wants to feel safe and he wants to be able to trust the man he’s sleeping with, but Mr. Sexy Pants is being awfully mysterious. I love these two and don’t want them to have a fight, but I have a feeling that it’s bound to happen sooner or later now.

Mister Perfect was turning out to be nowhere near as infallible as I’d originally thought.

This case Jacob is working is disturbing. The case and the end result in the whodunnit scenario. I love that we see a returning character come back in this book. We get to see more Zigler, and with his family too. It’s sweet, and even Vic can’t argue that Zigler’s a good person. This ending might be one of the bigger cliffhangers out of all the books so far, but I’m just glad that I get a chance to jump right into book five, and learn more about Camp Hell!


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