This is one of the few self-published kindle books that I thought the author should have charged more for. It is exceptional in every way. It is both an occasionally dark and terrifying crime investigation novel, as well as sweet and funny character-driven M/M romance. It is modern, quirky, shocking, touching, and thoroughly addictive.
The plot is detailed and keeps you guessing until the last moment. The characters are wonderfully unique, complex and well-crafted. As a result you genuinely care what happens to them, and are dragged through fear, torment, anxiety, sadness, and joy right along with them. The brilliant humour of the main character, Austin, permeates the novel and will have you laughing out loud. For me, this stopped the story from becoming too dark without breaking the flow, which was just perfect.
Lastly, I have to add that the author has done a great job in editing the novel. The M/M genre is littered with self-published novels with appalling spelling and grammar. This is not the case with this work. The author has clearly invested considerable effort to make sure that the writing is as technically sound as possible.
If you have a soft-spot for troubled kids, and like detective/ whodunnit novels, a bit of earthy humour and feel-good M/M romances, then you will probably enjoy this. I heartily recommend it.