Author: Ann Somerville

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Release Date: April 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: EBOOK

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The year is 2042 and the United States is a very different place from the one we know today. Oil and gas are heavily regulated and more environmentally friendly energy sources are the norm. The FBI and the National Security agency have merged to form the Federal Justice Agency. Within the agency there is an elite squad of agents called Special Crime Investigators. These investigators tackle the most difficult and most disturbing cases.

Devlin Grace is one of the newest members of the Special Crime Investigators unit. He is burned out from years of working child exploitation cases and he is looking forward to starting his new job. On the first day of training Devlin hears about his new partner before they even meet. Connor Hutchens has a reputation for being odd and antisocial but Devlin finds himself liking his straightforward manner and admiring his investigative skills. Connor is the first of his kind. He was born blind but he has been outfitted with technology that gives him advanced senses. Devlin is sure he can find a way to get along with his new partner.


Connor is used to being thought of as a freak. He never learned how to relate to others. He is shocked but pleased when his new partner is not only willing to work with him but Devlin even seems to like him. The two men have very little time to get to know one another before they are sent out on their first case.


Ann Somerville is one of my favorite writers. Her world-building skills are truly incredible. She has a way of drawing the reader into her stories. The setting and the characters are intricate and well-drawn. SOMATESTHESIA although different from her other novels is no exception. The future America the author describes is fascinating and as I read I felt as if much if what is being described could really happen someday.


Connor and Devlin are intriguing and multifaceted characters. They are very different from one another and yet there is a very strong connection between them. Devlin takes the time to get to know Connor to understand what makes him tick. Connor has never really had a friend before. Their interactions whether personal or work related are entertaining and believable and they work very well together. The progression of their relationship is slow but very sweet and believable. Their first case is intense and horrifying but captivating. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The second half of the novel goes in some unexpected but interesting directions and gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters. SOMATESTHESIA by Anne Somerville is a powerful futuristic thriller.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Christina

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