Amy has got into a routine now that she has Jason around, one that relies heavily on him. While Jason knows that Amy needs him, they don't always see eye to eye, and when she tells him that he can't go undercover in the gangs of Cardiff he does it anyway, leading to him being arrested for a murder that he is sure he didn't commit. Amy is determined to prove Jason's innocence, even when no one else believes her, and sets about finding evidence to support him. The last thing that Jason wanted was to end up back in prison, and not just because he shouldn't be there, but because after the first time it becomes clear that prison is not a safe place to be. Meanwhile there's a new drug baron in town who seems to be playing the two gang leaders against one another, could it be that he has it out for Jason too...
Is there going to be more? Please tell me there is! As with Binary Witness, Code Runner had me turning pages and really not wanting to put the book down. I was definitely drawn into Jason and Amy's world, and I desperately wanted to know how it would turn out, especially when things looked so bleak for everyone involved.
The relationship between Jason and Amy has definitely progressed, though Jason does still refer to Amy as his boss, there are also several points at which he refers to her as his best friend, and even a few points where he seems to consider her as more than that (though that could just be Jason and woman kind really). Amy is the same, often referring to him as her assistant, but then saying that he was her best friend and outright hiding the fact that she wanted more with him. I think the two of them would be sweet as a couple, but I also think that their relationship is progressing at a pace which works well for both the characters and the story line./
Even though the evidence was stacked against him I never once doubted that Jason was innocent, partly because what was the point if he wasn't, but also because the author did such a great job at creating him, and creating a character that could be believed innocent. I also felt a strange sense of pride whenever Jason didn't fight back or start the trouble, it showed his growth as a character.
Whether she believed it or not, Amy also seemed to be a bit better. She still forgot to take care of herself properly but she realised that she was failing to do so, and when it came to looking after Jason she had no problems and went about it the same way he went about looking after her. I thought that it was good to see her developing as a character like that.
The mystery itself was just that, a mystery. The difference between this mystery and the mystery in Binary Witness was that this one had a known motive, and the reader knew some of the players involved...but that is it, I didn't realise who was behind it all until it clicked in Jason and Bryn's head, but once you do know who was responsible it all clicks together.
I've loved reading the Amy Lane Mysteries books, and I really really hope that there is more coming!
Book Two of The Amy Lane Mysteries Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped. Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast. But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason’s name before danger closes in? Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo
About the Author:Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm. Her debut novel Binary Witness was published by Carina Press in May 2014. Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction. Currently exiled to London to train in psychiatry, she lives with her journalist husband and their pet hedgehog. Find Rosie on Social Media Twitter: @rosieclaverton Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amylanemysteries Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8119549.Rosie_Claverton Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rosieclaverton
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