The Subjugate by Amanda Bridgeman

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About: Two troubled homicide detectives race to find a serial killer in a town filled with surgically reformed murderers, in this captivating near-future SF thriller.

In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the bodies mount up, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure: their demons are coming to light, and who knows where that blurred line between man and monster truly lies.

Review: Great book with a very interesting idea about how criminals could be ‘saved’ and integrated back into society. Really enjoyed reading about the criminal side of things and would love for a book to be made about the running of the Solme Complex.

Once I was about halfway through the book I was hooked, but the beginning didn’t capture my attention for some reason and I would just read a couple of pages here and there. I would say, one thing for me is I did find the killer to be a bit obvious, but overall it was very well written with an intriguing main character.

4/5 stars

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