Brandilyn Collins is an author who writes so many twists into her suspense that I never know exactly where a book is going until the end. Usually I can foresee at least the general direction of a suspense -- but Double Blind kept me guessing and reading until the last page. The combination of an innovative medical device that can bring relief to some but terrorizes the heroine was fresh. Has what she is seeing already happened? Is there any way to be rid of these horrible images? While there is no romance -- the book doesn't need it. Instead, there is rich relational conflict with Lisa's mother and best friend. I loved this page-turner that shines a light on the reality that God doesn't leave us in our deepest valleys.
I was pleased to snag a copy of this book fresh from the publishers right as it came out. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I am always anxious to see what Brandilyn has up her sleeves next. This plot is original and mind boggling - a chip that can be implanted in the brain and send out little shock waves that will disturb the brain waves that cause depression. This chip is supposed to give Lisa her life back after the tragedies she has experienced over the last year... miscarriages, being widowed and then being viciously attacked. She has basically quit functioning and is racked with depression and grief. She just wants her life back and agrees to be part of a medical trial with this brain chip. She wakes up from the surgery and doesn't take long to realize that the chip is working! But as hindsight usually shows us, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is and Lisa starts dealing with some side effects of this "miracle chip". And these side effects could end up killing her... or someone else - except that they are already dead. Is she going insane - this might be worse than the depression she was dealing with before.
I was really on the edge of my seat to see how it was going to turn out and I have to be careful what I say at this point... I don't want to spoil anything but I have to say that the ending was not quite the punch I was hoping for. I never did understand the reasoning of the bad guy (other than pure sociopath maybe...) but overall this book was really good. I always know that if Brandilyn Collins writes it, it will be unusual and original and that is what I love!
Desperate people make desperate choices. Sometimes they rob banks or commit other horrible crimes. In this case, Lisa Newberry has been suffering from a debilitating depression for a while, and her desperation leads her to sign up for an experimental treatment. What she doesn't know is that there are others just as desperate as she is - and they might be the ones who are treating her.
As the treatment progresses, Lisa's life becomes more and more out of control - the opposite of what she hoped for. In the end, she has to come to a place where she recognizes that her hope cannot be in what modern medicine can do for her, but in what God can do for anyone. As she comes to the point where no one is trustworthy, she finally opens her heart to the one who has been there all along.
This story is a great read, and one that kept me guessing until the very end. It was fun and exciting, and had some great characters. There are some who are quick to make corporations the automatic bad guy in every situation, and although there are some corporate elements in this story, there was never a sense that ALL corporations are bad, or that greed is the only motivator of every CEO. This story went in many different directions, with a really interesting plot line.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or thrillers. This one will keep you guessing, and it will definitely entertain.
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All Lisa Newberry has is her memories, even as painful as they are. It validates who she is, who she was and who she can be. First she miscarried three times, then she lost the love of her life, Ryan in a car accident, and later she was brutally attacked outside in a parking lot. Now her life is reduced to nothing more than simply waking up and trying to see it to the end. To say she was depressed was mild compared to how she was really feeling. Blackness, fear and anxiety now consume her.
Her only hope remains in the envelope and it's contents she holds within her hands. It's from a company called Cognoscenti and even though she believes it is what she so desperately needs, she will soon learn it will hold another quite different fate for her. She has filled out all the necessary paperwork required for this life-changing medical trial for victims of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or suffering from severe depression that almost incapacitates its victims. Most of the subjects have been from brutally attacks or returning from the war and the trial promises to suppress the emotions of the events without altering the memories.
It's the one thing Lisa doesn't want to eliminate are the memories of those times but it's the debilitating emotions she can't seem to work past. Now if she is approved, she can undergo surgery to have an Empowerment Chip installed on her brain that has shown amazing results for those that receive the real thing. She won't know if she'll get the placebo or the real thing, but all she knows is for right now, something has to change. When she opens the envelope, she is surprised when she learns she's been accepted. But what will really happen when she decides to go through with this? Will she forget everything? Will she survive the surgery? What is nothing happens?
In the latest suspense thriller from Brandilyn Collins, Double Blind takes the readers into an interesting science fiction story line where a new medical trial promises the most amazing results to help it's subjects who receive the real thing. There have been no reported side effects and Lisa knows how life changing this could be for her, but what she doesn't realize is just how life changing it will really be. It may just be the worst decision she's ever made!
I received Double Blind compliments of B & H Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review and have to say, I was completely captivated by this one. I was spending so much time trying to figure out what was going on and who was behind it all, before I realized it, I had finished the book. Once again Brandilyn creates such a believable story that will hold the reader in the palm of her hands until the final page is turned. I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I found myself constantly stopping and telling my family how amazing this story really is! Due out in book retailers in October of 2012!