Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne’s newest thriller Looking Glass picks up a little while after the action of the first book in the series The Naturalist. Dr. Theo Cray has left academia and entered the private sector as a government contractor searching for terrorists using AI. After a conflict in his new position, he travels to Los Angeles to look into a missing child case. Cray quickly finds links to more victims and believes this is the work of a serial killer.
While I thoroughly enjoyed The Naturalist, I had mixed feelings about Looking Glass. Cray’s character is well-developed and continues to evolve. Mayne is exceptional at explaining the use of science, from Big Data to advanced biology, to drive the investigation.
While the Professor Cray’s character is engaging, the plot of Looking Glass is thin at times. I felt a twinge of unrealism enter the narrative in several places; the cause and effect of character’s actions did not add up. I give this book three stars, but I would read another in this series because I like the main character so much.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Mr. Mayne for an advanced copy for review.

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