Saturday, August 30, 2014

Memory Zero (Spook Squad #1) by Keri Arthur



For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My review:
This is a re-release of one of the first series I’d read by Keri Arthur.  Memory Zero introduces us to another fantastic world where paranormal creatures are out of the closet and it is up to the SIU to keep them policed. 
Life has made State Police Officer Samantha Ryan into one tough lady.  Her life is the job.  When her partner and only friend goes missing she is thrilled when he calls her asking to meet.  She is not so thrilled when he tries to kill her and she is forced to defend herself.  She ends up leaving the State Police and joining the SIU.  She is partnered with shapeshifter Gabriel who helps her hone the instincts she has used to stay alive and in the process discovers she has more gifts than previously thought. 
I really like Sam.  Life has handed her crap and she refuses to let it get her down.  She has no memory of her life before the age of fourteen but has turned herself into a heck of a cop.  Kind of like a paranormal Eve Dallas.
Memory Zero is a fast paced adventure and mystery that will keep you guessing and turning pages.

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