The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s sexy new romantic suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit. During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back forty seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti and tries to find the truth with a sullen but talented psychologist named Silas who works for the very agency trying to bring the Opti corruption to light. With Howard, tech and med specialist, and Taf, gun-toting daughter of the apposing grass-roots agency, Silas and Peri try to rebuild her memory of the night she killed her partner, knowing it will put her mental stability in danger. Peri remembers, and thoughts of revenge keep her alive and moving forward as she tries to put an end to Opti, working with the very faction that wants to see her dead.
Audiobook, Unabridged edition
Published September 1st 2015 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Four stars: An exciting and entertaining read that will keep you guessing until the end.
Peri is used to losing memories. She is an Opti agent, a special agent who has the unique ability to jump back in time forty seconds to correct mistakes. The catch to her ability is that when Peri drafts or jumps in time, she loses her memories. Sometimes she loses days, weeks or even months. To keep her grounded, Peri has an anchor, someone who can help her recall her memories. Unfortunately, Peri's world comes undone when she learns that her trusted anchor and lover is corrupt. When she is forced to draft to save her own life, she loses all her memories. When Peri comes to, she has no memory of the corruption or how her partner died. As she settles into her routine, she can't shake the uneasy feeling that something is wrong. When she finds a message she left herself, she is forced to run. Who can Peri trust?
What I Liked:
- I am not going to lie, The Drafter is a book that requires patience. It took me three tries to finally immerse in the story. Once the story took hold, I loved it. This is a book that has so many twists and turns and thought provoking ideas. Just when you think things are figured out and on track, it jumps and starts again. Such an interesting and exciting read. Well worth the time and patience.
- I liked that you never knew who was trusty worthy and reliable. Peri found herself time and time again, forced to start anew, not knowing who to trust. Even Peri herself is a conundrum. I enjoyed the mystery, the suspense and that this book constantly had me on my toes.
- I enjoyed the whole idea of the drafters and anchors. Such an interesting idea to be able to jump back in time to change a mistake. A scary and fascinating idea, especially when the agents were used as weapons of the government.
- Even though it required patience, I loved the complexity of the story. Everything is constantly changing. You never know what to expect from one page to the next.
- The ending was stunning. Just when the dust settles and all seems to be right, there is a startling revelation that once again changes everything. A big gotcha moment for sure!
- I listened to the audiobook narrated by January LaVoy. I was worried that I would have trouble following the story if I listened to it, but that was not the case. Ms. LaVoy did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed her voices, and I will definitely listen to the sequel.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that the book was constantly evolving and changing, it grew tiresome after awhile. I got tired of the running and the resets. It got to be too much.
- I was bothered that the true nature of Peri's and Sila's relationship wasn't explored. There is definitely something in their past, and the story kept dancing around the edges never getting to the heart of their past. I hope it is explained in the next book.
- I didn't like that there weren't explanations as to what happened to time lines when Drafters were jumping and changing the past. There were hints that big changes happened due to tampering with time, but it wasn't ever discussed at length.
The Drafter was one heck of a ride. I liked the action, the suspense and the constant metamorphosis of the story. This was a book that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the end, which was a stunner. If you want a complex read with lots of excitement and danger, give this a try. It is a book that requires patience but it is well worth the effort.
I receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.