Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
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Author: Joe Hart
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Amazon’s fifth publishing imprint for new mystery and thriller debuts)
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardcover/e-book)
This was categorized as a thriller, which I don’t normally read. However the cover and title were fascinating so I went to see what it was about. Well turns out it has a lot of science fiction elements so I happily got a copy. And what a thrilling ride this was!
This book follows Dr. Gillian Ryan who studies the brain and a serious new form of dementia. Her fight against the disease is a personal one because it killed her husband. And now her daughter has it too. She needs a cure. The major problem is that her funding has been cut. So when NASA offers her unlimited funding in exchange for a 6 month trip to space to help with astronauts suffering similar problems, can she say no?
I found Gillian to be an awesome protagonist that I was continuously rooting for. She has an addiction problem and at times thinks she is going insane. And yet she is smart, driven, and savvy. She will do anything for her daughter. I was riveted by her journey and didn’t want to put the book down.
The science sections dealing with both the brain and space were fascinating. The novel was character-driven, filled with tension, and truly atmospheric. Poor Gillian is continuously put in harrowing and unexpected situations. Of course nothing goes to plan. The combination of thriller, horror, slight mystery, and sci-fi made this a wonderful read that I highly recommend.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Thomas & Mercer!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.
In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.
Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.
Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.
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