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Dr Alex Drexler is developing an experimental treatment and has gone into debt in an attempt to prove the worth of his compound. He hopes his drug will cure schizophrenia by resetting the patient's mind to function properly. He attempts to heal his own brother with frightening repercussions. There are several interesting characters eg a serial killer on the loose, the head of hospital afraid of fear, a social worker who wants to save others even if she cant save herself. Everyone will have to let go of their past to have a chance of staying alive and sane. Even though this was only a novel it did make me question the importance of money over a cure. I also considered how good intentions can go the wrong way. I'm not sure why but my interest wandered a little in the beginning. The author managed to draw me back in with various interesting and/or unexpected twists. I still shiver at the thought of the section where an electric bone saw was used. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free digital copy of the book in return for an honest review.
This book takes a long time to get to the real horror part. The chapters up to that point are all well written but it's not until after half way that things really go up a notch (or ten). The other problem I had with the first half is that there is too much backstory for too many characters. It made focusing on one character impossible, and also made it hard to figure out where the key arc of the story was. As a result, I found it difficult to keep the story straight and frequently felt disinclined to pick it up to keep reading. When the story does head into dark and strange waters, it's an intriguing and original narrative. Overall, the writing is good, the story idea solid, but the novel could have done with some ruthless paring to become a better paced and gripping read.
This is a truly disturbing book. I am no prude, but this book goes to places that I find utterly offensive and even frightening. It's about madness, and it pulls no punches even to the point where I had to stop reading about 5/6th of the way through. I could not finish it. It was disturbing me, and not in the way that Shelley's Frankenstein, or Stoker's Dracula did - this was just gross.
The writing is very well done, but I could not deal with the subject matter. I think perhaps the author could have gotten the point across without going quite so far.
I really wanted to like this book a bit more. However, I could not overlook the liberties the author took with how much oversight there is in pharmaceutical clinical trials and how psychiatric medicine is practiced in general. The story was indeed interesting and I did enjoy the final third of the book despite the issues above.
This story was basically well-written, but I didn't find any of the characters to be likeable. In particular, I disliked the female doctor, even after her back-story was revealed. Many readers gave this high marks, so I was curious to see how the author handled the mental illness / alternate dimensions. The premise had some interesting ideas, but I was dissapointed, as everything boiled down to descriptions of physical violence, as if that must be the ultimate horror in any dimension. I was hoping for something more interesting.