Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kathy Reichs - Swipe (Virals 3.5)

Swipe is another short novella about the Virals, this one being number 3.5 in the series written by Kathy Reichs and her son Brendan. This time Tory and her friends visit the famous Comic-Con in San Diego with Tory's aunt Tempe Brennan. One of the exhibits gets stolen, a Terminater replica. There's not much to detect at the crime scene, just some broken glass and a note to pay ransom for the Terminator. The Virals start investigating nevertheless and of course find and chase down the blackmailer.
I liked the first novella Swift, it offered new perspectives into the thoughts of the main characters. Swipe offers Tory's view of things alone and she seeks her aunt's approval, she wants to impress her which is her motivation not the need to find the thief. This is not the best or most likable aspect of her character and the case isn't that interesting to be the focus of the novella. Maybe the Comic-Con setting is supposed to be special or funny but it didn't get to me that much.
Altogether it was a nice read but nothing special. Let's hope that the new Virals novel Exposure will turn out better.

Kathy Reichs, Swipe. Cornerstone Digital 2013.

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