The murder game itself was fascinating, and I found myself wishing that the author had spent more time on it. For a plot that lends itself to action, the action of this book got broken up and slowed down by talk and introspection, some of which was rather repetitive. It was fascinating to watch the Ghost Walkers work together, particularly as this is the first Ghost Walker book that I've read.
However, I have one major reservation about this book, something that left a bad taste in my mouth when it was all over. First, let me make one thing clear. It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round; I get that. Some folks want to read fantasies about taming the bad boy, bringing the alpha male to heel, or even being submissive to a dominant man; that's their choice. What I don't like is when an author gussies it up as though they have to defend that fantasy and make it "justifiable." And that's how this book comes across, in a really big way. Kadan is extremely domineering, and while Tansy has just enough spine for the author to be able to say, "see? She's a strong woman, really she is" (as Kadan and Tansy insist on pointing out to the reader on a number of occasions), one kiss from Kadan and she becomes "pliant" and "obedient" (yes, words used within a page of one another to describe Tansy's reactions to Kadan).
Kadan might not be physically abusive, but he comes close to it a couple of times. And he does things that most people would NOT consider appropriate in a relationship, such as requiring Tansy to allow him to touch her provocatively in front of other people even when it embarrasses her. And it's somehow supposed to be okay because she can read his mind and knows that he's actually insecure and needy under it all.
Again, if you want to write a dominance/submission story for those people who enjoy such things, go right ahead. But damn well be honest about it--don't dress it up and toss a dozen different justifications at it so you can pretend that isn't what it is. As it is, this book left me with a sour feeling of blatant authorial manipulation of the reader.
My rating would be a 4 for interesting story, plot, and characters, but the above issue left me so annoyed with the book that I had to drop it to a 2.