I was looking forward to reading Sylver and Gold by Michelle Larkin. This tale has everything. You have a tech-savvy serial killer beginning a murder spree and eventually targeting the two detectives who are trying to catch him. The two detectives (Reid Sylver and London Gold) are both kick-ass at their jobs, even though London is actually a rookie that Reid is supposed to be training. The murder mystery is exceptionally well-written with a little bit of a paranormal element (Reid can talk to the dead) that adds that extra bit of creepiness to the tale.
The characters really make this an amazing story. Mug, Reid’s bull mastiff, made me want to reach through the pages of the book and give him lots of hugs and pats. The secondary characters, including the ones who have died add depth to the story. But it is Reid and London who really make this an outstanding novel. They are a flawless example of how to write opposites attract. They push each other’s buttons from the moment they meet, but the chemistry and sparks they create together is enough to light up all of Boston. Both have to figure out how to overcome their differences and work together to solve the case.
I’m truly impressed at how Ms. Larkin managed to take a pretty dark and sometimes creepy tale and still add moments of joy and even slapstick comedy into the story. Those moments turn an otherwise suspenseful tale into a book filled with mystery, intrigue, romance and drama.
I fell in love with this novel on the first page, and I hated when the story ended because I didn’t want to leave these characters and this world. I really hope Ms. Larkin is planning to turn this into a series. I will be first in line to buy the books if she does. This book is definitely one of my favorites, and I think it will be one of yours as well. It has my highest recommendation.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for giving me the chance to read this book for an honest review.