REVIEW - Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Title: Crosstalk

Author: Connie Willis

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 15th September 2016

Source: NetGalley
Briddey is about to get exactly what she thinks she wants . . .

Briddey is a high-powered exec in the mobile phone industry, overseeing new products from concept ('anything to beat the new apple phone') to delivery. And she works with her wonderful partner, Trent. They've been together for six magical weeks, in a whirlwind of flowers, dinners, laughter and now comes the icing on the cake: not a weekend away or a proposal but something even better. An EDD. A procedure which will let them sense each other's feelings. Trent doesn't just want to tell her how much he loves her - he wants her to feel it.

Everything is perfect.

The trouble is, Briddey can't breathe a word of it to anyone (difficult, when the whole office is guessing) until she's had two minutes to call her family. And they're hounding her about the latest family drama, but when they find out about the EDD - which they will - they'll drop everything to interrogate her. And it might just be easier to have the procedure now and explain later.

Only Apple are poised to deliver an amazing new product and she has to be one step ahead . . . if she can only persuade their tech genius, C. B., to drop his crazy ideas about a 'privacy phone' with its 'do not disturb' settings, and focus on what people really want: more efficient, instinctive and immediate ways to communicate.

The race is on: not just for new, cutting-edge technology, but also for a shred of privacy in a public world and - for Briddey - a chance for love at the heart of it all.

This is a brilliant, heart-warming romantic comedy from one of the wittiest and wisest of our authors. Written with a light touch and a smile, we're swept up in Briddey's romance - and into the difficulties of a world just one technological step away from our own, as technology and social media blur (or indeed remove) the line between personal and public.
Take the humour and Irish family craziness from a Marian Keyes book and inject a heavy dose of sci-fi in to it and you get Crosstalk.

Set in our near future it looks at what happens when you take your romantic relationship to the next level, no not putting a ring on it or even getting a puppy,no its getting an implant that lets you be in tune with the one you love feeling all the emotions.

Briddey works for a mobile phone company and they are the main competitors to Apple, needless to say the tech they are bringing out has to be the hottest, most up to date technology going.  She works with her boyfriend of 6 weeks, the ever so slightly full on sleaze bag that is Trent.  He is a high flyer and he wants her to get an EDD, the procedure that make you feel just how much your partner loves you.

Briddey loves him and want to get the procedure but her crazy Irish family don't seem keen plus they seem to be having drama of their own that they want Briddey help them sort out.  Her family aren't the only ones against it, C.B. the crazy tech guy who works in the basement is dead against it too.

C.B. is a tad eccentric but he is the path to conquering Apple, he is full of great ideas for new phone tech, Briddey need to keep him on side but despite what C.B. and her family say she fires ahead and gets the EDD.

Expecting to feel instant connection to Trent she is horrified to find herself connecting to someone else, someone totally unexpected and this sets of a crazy journey for Briddey as she discovers that not everything is as it seems and that Trent may not be the man she wants.

Crosstalk is a lovely mashup of scifi with romcom, it is fairly obvious who Briddey is going to end up with but the way she gets there makes for an enjoyable read plus any books that have eccentric Irish family members are always full of fun.

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  1. Cool cover. You always seem to find interesting books. This is definitely an interesting premise, and it kinda reminds me of the psychic rapport from Cyclops and Jean Grey in the X-Men. You know, being in tune with each other psychically and all that. But be careful what you wish for right lol? And "slease bag" Trent. :) Yeah that doesn't sound like a good idea...

    Looks like a fun read.


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