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REVIEW: “Walk a Mile” by Sarah Madison

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Sequel to Unspeakable Words

The Sixth Sense: Book Two

Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.

Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn’s old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren’t the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives.

REVIEW:

Walk a Mile is a sequel to a book released in 2010 entitled Unspeakable Words; you could say that it took 4-years in the making *laugh*. Just as a small recap for those who never read the first book, in Unspeakable Words, FBI Agent Jerry Lee Parker was reassigned to help another agent John Flynn, with a cold case called The Grimm Fairy Tale murder, when a magical artifact bestowed Flynn with power of telepathy. This sequel happens six months later….

Okay, let me start with what bothered me first … or the reason why I couldn’t give this higher than a 3.5-stars rating. Six months later, with Jerry and Flynn now partnered in both professionally and personally, I sensed that there were a LOT of issues basically in terms of communication between these men. I felt that their relationship was not exactly equal.

You see, Flynn, being a telepath, could easily pick up on what Jerry was thinking – the thoughts that Jerry couldn’t keep inside his ‘soundproof booth’ – but he never really shared what was important to Jerry. Not his personal feelings, not his family problems, not even things related to his job. Jerry was left to guess or to tip-toe around Flynn’s feelings.

 

** SPOILER ALERT **

 

However, before this part was even resolved, our agents were once again struck with a magical artifact that put Jerry and Flynn in each other’s shoes a.k.a. body swapping. Yep, Jerry and Flynn switched bodies.

Sure, this event made Jerry learn more about his partner – because now he could read Flynn’s mind, he could read what people thought about Flynn, including Flynn’s family and old friends. But to me, this felt like cheating… like it was taking an ‘easy’ plot to tackle the big issue of communication. I was never a huge fan of that. Because it didn’t really solve ANYTHING. Flynn still had this huge wall of privacy that he would not share with Jerry. The relationship was still not equal in my eyes. It just added another problem for both men. Especially since Flynn never saw his telepathic power as a gift, it was more of a curse to him.

I was also having a bit of a problem keeping track of who was whom during the body swapping. I guess it was a plot that works better for me visually (like in the ‘Freaky Friday’ movie) rather than in text. There were also few scenes that were just … weird for my taste.

Another thing that bothered me was that there wasn’t any progress of the initial case, the one that brought Jerry and Flynn together. In addition, Jerry and Flynn were supposed to focus on the magical artifact, but once again there was ‘another case’ that was introduced near the end, which threw away the focus of the magical artifact. It was a similar issue to the first book, where the serial killer case was thrown away because of the magical artifact. It was like these cases were never really solved!! As a murder-mystery fan, I was quite annoyed with it.

Having said that, the last chapter of this book just brought a HUGE TWIST that I didn’t see coming. Ms. Madison raised up the ante most definitely, and it left me reeling. REELING, I tell you!! I couldn’t believe she would do that to these men!! It was a game changer and what justified me with the extra 0.5 stars for my rating. One thing’s for sure, I truly hope that this doesn’t mean I have to wait for another 4 years to get the answer.

RATING: 3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

23203135Title: Walk a Mile (The Sixth Sense, #2)
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

5 comments on “REVIEW: “Walk a Mile” by Sarah Madison

  1. Sarah_Madison
    October 7, 2014

    *grins evilly* Thank you for your detailed and well-thought out critique here! You hit the main problems directly on the head—they are definitely part of the overall story arc and I promise, they will eventually get resolved! I also promise the next installment won’t be four years in the making! :-)

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    • Ami
      October 7, 2014

      Hi Sarah, thanks for the promise *lol*. I can’t wait to see the bigger picture, especially regarding the mystery — since I’m a murder mystery fan, I did feel a bit annoyed that none of this cases are actually solved (except for the one related to Flynn in this book). But the last chapter was indeed a game changer. Will be waiting (not so patiently) for book 3

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      • Sarah_Madison
        October 7, 2014

        I’ll be the first to admit, it is an extremely, ah, ambitious story arc. It wouldn’t be the first time I bit off more than I could chew! ;-)

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        • Ami
          October 7, 2014

          You could do it!! *cheerleader mode*

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          • Sarah_Madison
            October 7, 2014

            LOL! I’m determined to try!

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