If you told me this book and this author were bots and written by bots, I would completely believe you. I would also worry about AIs developing to the point where they could write convincingly entertaining single-conceit technothrillers. But I also wouldn’t worry too much. That said, Tim Tigner is probably working right now on a technothriller about bots writing novels and replacing the need for writers.
This book takes the question, what if we could read minds (but because of technology) and runs with it, for a short period of time. We begin with a “psychic” addressing a one on one consultation with a man who turns out to be an assassin hired to kill her. She survives because of said mind-reading and figures out that she’s not the only one who developed mind-reading technology. The idea here would be that technology is often a cusp thing, so once one person develops it, it’s only a matter of time before others do. This is a reasonable view. What’s less reasonable is that not only were there others, it would be the EXACT same technology and employed in the same fashion (through glasses, a little pun). The story is mostly a thriller ala Dan Brown and Michael Crichton, but with a little name-dropping of John Grisham in here. As a book, I would be pretty unimpressed, but it was fine for an audiobook. The writing is compelling, or more so, impelling.