Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

Spook Squad, Book 1


For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire… and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

Review: This is a new edition of a series by Keri Arthur and I must say that once again I fell in love with the series. Indeed, I am delighted to have the chance to read all the novels that the author was able to release because I love all her writings that are ultimately still very different from each other. The theme and the kind made ​​me think of her, however, Nikki & Michael series that I enjoyed.

Now, we discover Sam Ryan, a young woman who has a past only after her 14 years old and she hopes to find out who she really is. Yet it seems that the records that could help her, do not exist or were hidden by the most influential people. But all this is quite forgotten when she is forced to kill in self defense her partner who disappeared for quite a while. But as she explains the reason, the police suspects murder and she finds herself suspended right away. However, she attracts a totally different font which is particularly interested in the unusual abilities of the young woman, but also in the interest that everyone has towards her. This is how Sam is going to team up with one of the members of this group, Gabriel, to understand what is happening, why we try to kill her and to find out what exactly happened with her partner.

I had a lot of fun with this novel. Do not expect a big romance here because there is none even if something could born in the next volumes. However, we have plenty of action throughout the story and a plot that takes us away from the beginning. I admit that I was immediately intrigued by Sam’s partner Jack and his sudden change of attitude. But that’s not all because Sam finds herself in the middle of a story that surpasses her completely and although we have some early answers, the mystery settles and I can not wait to read on to find out my answers. Oh yes because I expect to know more about the origins of the young woman, to discover exactly who the person who tries to keep Sam alive is and of course to understand the mechanisms of the two organizations we discover. Our heroine is a determined person, desperate to learn the truth, but also loyal and sweet. But that’s not all, because she is full of flaws and fears she tries to keep to herself. Gabriel resembles her in many points, but he has his family to support him and he will do everything to understand what is happening, even if it should break some rules for that. Some events are initiated here, as well as some changes in Sam and I am very curious to see what she will become in the next volume.

As I said I had a great time and the plot carried me throughout the chapters. I’ll quickly get into the next one to discover more about the very existence of Sam and see if it is possible that something exists between Gabriel and her. A good discovery for me!



41 thoughts on “Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

  1. I still have to read this series, but rest assured I will because I’m a big Keri Arthur fan! 😉 Glad to hear there is a strong plot (I know, when is there not in Arthur’s stories?) and those characters sound all interesting to discover… Thanks for reviewing, Melliane!

  2. Keri Arthur used to be one of my favourite authors, but she’s been rather hit or miss with me lately which is the main reason why I didn’t request an ARC of this re-release. However, the reviews have been super positive (including yours), so after her Dark Angels series wraps up later this year, I’ll give Memory Zero a whirl. Thanks for giving me the push I needed!

  3. I love a good plot and lots of action, and always great when you can get into the story straight away. I’m not that thing with romance so it wouldn’t bother me that much that it’s not a lot in this one. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Keri Arthur is an author I’ve not had a chance to check out yet, but I think her books might be too much on the paranormal romance side for me while I prefer more general UF. I thought she had another book out that was the start of a new series, but maybe it was this one and I’m just remembering wrong.

  5. The fact that the seemingly “canon” couple doesn’t have a romance in the first book is actually a really cool concept to me! I’ve been looking forward to books like this where we see them know and understand and help each other with their proper adversaries. A love blooming from that would be more realistic, I think! Great review, definitely checking this out!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  6. I haven’t read this, but I really like the sound of it. And although I didn’t have much luck with her previous books, her latest one was pretty great. I should probably give this a chance. And I like a romance that’s very slow to develop. 🙂

  7. I have been meaning to try a Keri Arthur book for a long time, but the reviews have been so mixed for her other series. I like the sound of this one and I the reviews are good so far, so perhaps I shall have to dig in with this one.

  8. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as you, but I still enjoyed it 🙂 Great review. I think my issue is I have to get used to the world, I was the same way with the Nikki & Michael series. I enjoy it more and more as the series progresses. About to start reading Generation 18, so we shall see!!

  9. I still haven’t read anything by this author but reading the synopsis alone has me wanting to change that. This one sounds SO GOOD & completely out of my comfort zone…but in a good way! i’m so happy you fell in love with it 🙂

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