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A Crash Prequel
Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can’t be bothered to settle down. He’s too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails.
The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon’s hotshot colorist, Red Turner. Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he’s oblivious to Crash’s flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over…so Crash thinks.
Thanks to his refusal to trust his gut, Crash not only tanks his career—he allows the one man who truly holds his interest to slip away. While he insists he doesn’t need a relationship to complete him, would sharing his life with someone really be so bad?
Skin After Skin is a sweeping saga that begins two years before “Among the Living” and ends just after “Spook Squad”. Experience PsyCop like you’ve never seen it before, through Crash’s eyes. Discover new facets of characters and events from the span of the entire series and beyond, all from the viewpoint of an extroverted empath.
I’ve been a big fan of the PysCop series for years now. While I adore both Vic and Jacob, Crash has always been my favorite character. I’m happy every time he’s in a scene and I’ve read all his short stories. I was eagerly awaiting the day he got his own book so I went into this with great excitement. I’m so glad to be able to say that this was as good as I was hoping it would be. In fact in was better.
The book is told in parts and covers a lot of time in Crash’s life. When the book starts he is a stylist at an upscale salon. It’s during this time that he meets Red. It’s also the time he meets Caroline and starts getting drawn into the Psy world. As the book goes on we watch as Crash starts to learn more about his ability, we see his relationship with Jacob, we see him become a business owner and we see the Psy world from his perspective.
The Crash we see here is both different and the same. I think the fact that we see him in more depth helps but I think we also see how Vic’s view of Crash is slightly skewed. (But I think we all know Vic may not be the most reliable historian). If I thought I loved Crash before it was nothing compared to how I felt when I finished this book. I also wasn’t sold on Red from when we had seen him in the previous book. I really adored him in this though. He was a super interesting character and the connection between the two men jumped off of the pages.
As usual for this author, the writing was top notch. The story just flowed and the pacing was really well done, especially since it covered a lot of events and a long time period. The characters were so well done. We’ve seen them all before and we thought we knew them well but seeing them from Crash’s point of view rather than Vic’s gives us different impressions and different perspectives of each of them. I’ve read other series where author’s do books on side characters but it’s usually a completely different story. This was so creatively done by combining both new events and then events we’d seen before but now from a different point of view.
I don’t have any complaints about this and I think it is a must read for fans of the series. I think this could be read as a standalone but I’m not sure I’d recommend that. Part of the magic for me was having preconceived ideas of all the characters from the previous books but then having all that slightly turned around when I read this. Either way, it’s a book I’d definitely recommend.