How was it? From Among The Living to now, Vic’s growth is as endearing to read and appreciate as it is masterfully thought-out. He’s opening himself up to things that he wouldn’t have been caught dead doing before. He challenges himself more and has evolved as a result. Bitter Pill flirts with the idea of a setback for him that had me worried every time that subject came up. It was a great way to portray his struggle with addiction and convey that he is in no way “cured.” Jordan Castillo Price used Vic’s struggle as an opportunity to further develop Jacob’s character arc.
The author is not afraid to depict the menial tasks that goes into investigative work (leads that do not pan out, research, trials and errors). It could have been boring but it grounds the story in reality amidst the paranormal. There’s just enough of it that it doesn’t slow down the pace, or make you feel like you wasted time on those pages.
As usual it’s a well crafted story with an interesting case to investigate, intriguing mysteries, and great call backs to previous books that take a deeper meaning in this one. I wonder how great it would be to marathon read these books and experience the subtle complexity of the PsyCop series, as all of those stories are fresh on your mind.