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Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite
The year is 2027. Lara Kingsley is a tough-as-nails Army vet and struggling private investigator. When her best friend and colleague Sully drops dead at a baseball game, all the signs point to murder. Lara is determined to find out who killed him and why. Her sleuthing leads her to Sully’s last case and the anonymous client he was working for, Killerbot. With the help of the local police and her FBI ex-boyfriend, Lara wades into the world of international espionage, high-tech crime, and revenge. It quickly becomes clear that Sully’s death was part of a much bigger plot and that many innocent people will die if Lara and her colleagues can’t find a way to stop Killerbot and his swarms of deadly beetles.
Bionic Bug, written by Natasha Bajema, is a fantastic science fiction mystery set in the near future. Bajema weaves a stunning tale full of suspense and gritty, realistic characters. Her descriptions are beautifully evocative. Lara is a great heroine. She feels very real in her struggles and emotions, and in the mistakes she makes. She’s strong and determined but emotionally vulnerable and struggling, all at once. Refreshingly, the law enforcement characters were smart and competent, and the forensics and police work felt accurate. Even the bad guys had believable motives and were fairly well-rounded. The mystery was incredibly intricate and well-thought-out. The twists and turns and red herrings will keep readers guessing until the very end. For anyone who loves suspense and high-tech thrillers, Bionic Bug is a must-read.