Review: Psycho (Necessary Evil #2) by Onley James


I wondered who the author would choose as the murderous sibling to go next in the series and was thrilled to see it was August Mulvaney.

August was a standout in Adam’s story. His love of the “wet work” side of killing, his knives, adult Harry Potter like features, and an IQ on par with Stephen Hawking, August was a compelling character.

Psycho introduces us to August’s adolescence history, the one that helped him become the psychopath he’s now. It’s sad and fascinating. And equally full of “what ifs” . It’s these built in questions that a reader’s mind automatically wanders to with each new “subject child “ we meet at the beginning of the novel.

August is such a unique, deep character. The more he becomes involved with Lucas Blackwell, the layers start to peel back , helping us and Lucas towards a greater sense of understanding and acceptance of this extraordinary genius who’s also a brilliant killer. Autistic polyglot, with an eidetic memory , that’s just the beginning, so the man he will obsess over will need to be equally as fascinating and strong in certain elements.

And James insures that Lucas Blackwell is. A FBI agent until he reveals his gift as a clairvoyant when he “sees” the murders a fellow agent is committing. Blackwell’s career is ruined when his accusations can’t be proved and the murderer goes after him.

James develops this aspect of Lucas’s character and the storyline in a terrifying manner. That Lucas is able to feel and see everything the victim’s are subjected to in excruciating detail is beyond anything endurable. The reader is part of his experiences, his unimaginable horror and pain.

That August, everything that makes August the person he is, decides that Lucas is his, and that exploration into what it means to become someone capable of loving August is a complex, outstandingly thoughtful journey of mind, murders, mystery, and belief.

The villain (s) and reason for the murders is as horrifyingly believable as all the other storylines James has created for these novels. The dark web is that for a reason.

This superb series and novels carry trigger warnings. They should be heeded. This is dark fiction. While most of the elements fir the warnings happen or happened off page, there’s enough descriptions and discussions that are disturbing and raw.

The writing is excellent, including humor to offset the grim realness of the killings, a squabbling feeling of family to balance the idea of a science experiment in progress. Plus the elements of hope and love when there’s the probability of neither.

Psycho (Necessary Evil #2) by Onley James was outstanding. Can’t wait to see what the next brother’s story brings.

Highly recommended!

Necessary Evils series:

🔹Unhinged #1

🔹Psycho #2

🔹Moonstruck #3

🔹Headcase #4

🔹Mad Man #5

🔹Lunatic #6 › showPsycho (Necessary Evils, #2) by Onley James – Goodreads


August Mulvaney has always been exceptional. As the genius son of an eccentric billionaire, his off-putting behavior is often blamed on his high IQ. They say there’s a thin line between genius and madness. August is both—a brilliant professor loved by his students and a ruthless, obsessive killer tasked with righting the wrongs of a failing justice system. And he’s just found his latest obsession: Lucas Blackwell.

Lucas Blackwell was once the golden child of the FBI, using his secret talent as a clairvoyant to help put away society’s worst. Until, with a touch, he discovers his co-worker is a killer and his life falls apart. Now, the world thinks he’s crazy and that co-worker wants him dead. He seeks refuge at a small college, hoping to rebuild his life and his reputation. But then he runs into August Mulvaney. Literally.

August is immediately intrigued with Lucas and his backstory. He doesn’t believe in psychics, but there’s no missing the terror in his eyes when they collide in the hallway. Now, August has a problem. Lucas knows his secret, and August knows he wants Lucas. And August always gets what he wants.

Can he convince Lucas that not all killers are created equal and that having a psychopath in his corner—and in his life—might be just what he needs?

Psycho is a fast-paced, thrill ride of a romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers. It features a psychopath hell-bent on romance and a disgraced FBI agent attempting to redeem himself. As always, there’s gratuitous violence, very dark humor, and scenes so hot it will melt your kindle. This is book two in the Necessary Evils series. Each book follows a different couple.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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