Author: Andrea Speed
Summary: In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.
The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.
Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.
I like it. There are some things that make me a bit 'Hmmm' but overall I really like it and I'm kind of in love with that loveable grouch named Roan.
I like this take on shifters - it's a virus and you have absolutely no control* over your shift and when you shift your human intelligence/consciousness completely disapears and you behave just like the cat you shift to. Also, the shifts are hell on the body and depending on which strain (cat) of the virus you got, your life expectancy is greatly reduced - with the tiger strain having the lowest and it's kind of a miracle that your survive the first shift if you get infected with the tiger strain. I wish that there would be some more background on the virus and how everything happened and so on but maybe there will be more on that in the later books. All in all, the way people deal with the virus and infected people reminds me a lot about the AIDS panic...
*Roan seems to develop at least partial control about the shifts and the cat later in the book. This might or might not happend because he's a virus child - a child born with the virus.
I love Roan. He's grouchy. He defies stereotypes. He is such a great and loveable guy. :) But, I fear that there is a lot of heartbreak in his future due to the fact that he loves Paris and Paris has the tiger strain... :/
I like Paris too and his unwavering believe in Roan and what Roan will and is able to do. :)
The stories and the way Roan & Paris worked on their cases have been pretty entertaining. :)