The second book in the Junction Chronicles, A Murder of Crows by David Rotenberg continues
the story of Decker Roberts, acting professor and discerner of truths.
Decker is a synaesthete – a person who has with the rare sensory ability
to perceive if someone is telling a truth. Though A Murder of Crows
does bring Decker’s story further, you can still read this book without
having read The Placebo Effect, the first novel in this series.
enjoyed this novel for its story line as well as the main character.
I’m a fan of Decker’s wit and his true-to-life persona. The author knows
his characters well and writes them with consistency. They are not all
good or all bad but a mixture of both. I know I’m reading a good book
when a likeable main character admits to an unlikable trait.
story has twists and turns and enough suspense that I wanted to keep
reading to find out what happens. In this second novel, there are more
explanations of the synesthete ability and what happens when someone is
using it - though it could be I just picked up more on the effects of
using this sensory ability in this book than I did in the first,
nevertheless, it rounds out the story and leaves the reader with the
impression that more will be revealed in the next novel.
Murder of Crows is a polished, well-written novel that explores what
happens when a person is born with a gift that can be used for both good
and evil. I like to think that if I had this special gift, I would use
it only for good, but the temptation to serve one’s heart desire must be
great. Decker faces this dilemma and more in this great series. I
highly recommend it for anyone who likes a mix of genres. Give it a try!