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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OBSIDIAN; Original edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232526
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heather Ryce on 7 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Psych and have enjoyed reading other Psych novels in the past. However, I struggled to finish this book. The storyline wasn't great and I sometimes felt that Shawn's character was really off. If you are a fan of the series give it a try. Okay read, but wasn't blown away by it.
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By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Juliette O'Hara knows that Mandy Jansen didn't commit suicide. Oh sure, the former cheerleader was found hanging from the pipes in her basement apartment. But O'Hara knows the evidence is wrong. She just can't find anything to prove her theory right.

Normally, she might turn to Shawn Spencer, but Shawn is occupied with a case of his own. Macklin Tanner, CEO of a virtual gaming company, has vanished and Shawn is convinced that the key to his disappearance is in the new virtual reality game that his company was about to release.

And Gus? Well, Gus has decided it is time to grow up and get a grown up job at a pharmaceutical company in San Francisco. Will his attempts to leave Psych behind work? Or will one of these cases wind up involving his new company?

Author William Rabkin took some big risks with this tie in novel to the TV show psych, but I think they actually work well. By separating Shawn and Gus, we get a good look at their friendship from both points of view, and it helped me understand the dynamics better. Shawn seemed a bit overly dense in this book, but other than that I thought the characters were pretty much in character.

There are really two parallel plots in the book. They move in and out of each other effortlessly, and it's easy to keep them apart. I found both to be quite interesting. Honestly, I had a hard time putting the book down. I did figure out thing out about the time Shawn did, although there were lots of details I didn't get on my own.

The last couple of novels in this series haven't been as good as the first two, but this one is back on track. I thought it was a great way to get a fix of the show until it returns this fall.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Maybe the best in the series so far! 19 April 2011
By Chad P. Culotta - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Based on multiple negative reviews (both here and elsewhere), it took me a couple of weeks to get around to buying this, and a couple of months before I decided to read it. Let me tell you what a big mistake that was! IMO, it's quite possibly the best book in the series so far. I'm not going to give away any spoilers or plot-points here - buy your own copy! However, I will say that there was some pretty good witty back-and-forth dialogue between Shawn and Gus, and I thought Lassie was particularly well written. I finished it within 24 hours, which I only do when I'm completely hooked.

It does make extensive references to (and spoilers for) the previous book, A Fatal Frame of Mind, which I thought was by far the weakest book in the series so far (it took me about a week to plod through it). While it might be helpful to sludge through that one first, it's not necessary, especially if you don't care about the spoilers. However, chances are if you read this book, you're already a fan of the show, and probably the books, and most likely have read them all at or about the times they came out, anyways.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
different from the rest 11 Feb 2011
By Rachel Ramirez - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a tough one and very different from the rest of the psych books, all of which I read. The writing style was different and I agree that Jules and Lassie are different as well.
I struggled with the separation of Shawn and Gus. It was traumatic for me I guess I just love their dynamic. the other psych books were more true to the format of the show.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very difficult to review 29 Dec 2011
By Glowworm - Published on
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I find this book very difficult to review because it is different from the other books in the series. I have now read all five of the books and this one is not the normal of the other books or the TV show.

First, Gus is the star in this book. The story finds him struggling with the decision to either stay with his current pharmaceutical job and his role at Psych (and stay a child who is irresponsible and childish) or accept an executive position at a much larger pharmaceutical company in San Francisco which would mean no longer working with Shawn at Psych in Santa Barbara (and growing up as he feels he should do). This scenerio puts him at great odds with Shawn who doesn't want to lose his friend and doesn't want to face change, but at the same time, he feels he must let Gus go if that is what makes Gus happy. Gus goes from being very moody and indecisive until he decides to relocate and accept the position in the new company at which point he's content that he has made the correct decision. However, employees at this company are dying in supposed accidents which begin to look like murders.

Meanwhile, Shawn is working on a missing person's case that involves him playing a special video game where the clues to this person's whereabouts can be found.

And meanwhile, Lassie and Jules are working on a baffling possible suicide or murder case that is personally affecting Jules.

Now all of this begins to intertwine and come together. For most of the story, Shawn and Gus are doing their own thing, Shawn works with Jules and Lassie only briefly, Gus and Jules and Lassie only briefly connect, and so on until the very end when it all comes together, and so do they.

When I first started reading this book, I thought I wasn't going to like it. It began with Shawn and Gus playing this rather macabre video game and was sort of weird and depressing. But once the action and intrique began shortly after this from the development of these three parallel stories going on at the same time, I found it difficult to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading because I was curious how it was going to all come together and I was anxious to see what was going to happen to Shawn and Gus's friendship. I had no idea how it was going to end until Shawn began putting it all together so it kept me guessing who was really the culprit. I will admit that it took some getting used to that Shawn and Gus were at serious odds through most of the story because that's not usual with the other books and the show. But it did allow different insight into their friendship and their individual personalities that we don't normally see. I would say to give it a shot and don't be thrown too far off by the more realistic portrayals of the main characters. It's worth the read.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unreadable! 6 Feb 2011
By Reacher Creature - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I want to say that I love the show Psych, and haven't missed an episode. The books are okay, but this is the worse in the series. To be honest, this is unreadable.

Shawn has to look into the disappearance of someone who makes video games. Gus wants out of psych, he feels he has no future there. Someone is killed, and Gus realizes that he needs Shawn's help to solve the crime.

The major problem is the writing style. Rabkin has changed his writing style, and it's an epic fail. Pretty much, all of the chapters are inner thoughts and emotions of the characters. Pretty much we get into their minds. It just makes it for such a hard read. The characters of Lassiter and Jules seem really off.

In all honesty, I'd say skip the book. This isn't even worth a library rental.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I heard it both ways 6 Jun 2013
By CPinkerton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Shawn: suck it!
Gus: you suck!
Shawn: you suck it!
Gus and Shawn: suuuck iiiit!

Shawn Spencer and his partner Burton Gaster
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