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Review: Phantom Pains

Phantom Pains - Mishell Baker

Got to love a good pun in a title.


This sequel to Borderline is both better than that book and not quite as enjoyable to this reader. The pacing is better. The exposition is better integrated. And there are several interesting new characters. 


But, I don't know. Many of the plot twists seemed overly obvious to this reader. There were a few times when it seemed Millie took far too long to drawn the obvious conclusion. It's first person, so I know she's working from the same information as I am, and I got a bit frustrated in places because of this.


Also, and this is super unfair of me: she killed my favorite character.


That aside, I'd be interested in a third novel. The end of this shakes things up in a way that could be very interesting.