Double Blind by Brandilyn Collins reminds me of the writings of James Patterson—first person and terse. The novel was so good that I read it in three hours.
In Double Blind, Lisa Newberry suffers from depression. It has affected her life, even her job. Desperate to escape the fingers of that darkness, she signs up for a clinical trial that promises to eradicate her depression. After her husband’s death and having survived an accident which should have taken her life, Lisa wants to live again. The Empowerment Chip made by Cognoscenti is implanted in her brain. The clinic tells her there’s no guarantee that she will receive the actual chip or a placebo. It is a study and some, they say, get better on the very power of suggestion. So a placebo is necessary, even if unfair.
The chip is a success. Lisa is happier. Her depression is gone. Lisa remembers her husband with love and not the pain. She can think of the past without diving into the depths of depression. However, Cognoscenti has done something wrong and to make things worse, has refused to re-do the surgery. Lisa is seeing a murder in her mind as if it is a memory. Living through those memories are nearly driving her to the brink of insanity. But who is to blame?
Her mother, the least likely person to believe her story, arrives from Colorado and becomes her strongest ally. Her friends and the two who work at Cognoscenti are doubtful. Even the police are having a hard time believing her especially when the murdered woman is alive.
In a novel that has a James Patterson tone, written in first person, and is very psychological, Brandilyn Collins manages to write a thriller where the enemy is less than certain; and in Lisa’s head you wonder if someone is trying to drive her insane through denial; or if there’s a secret government conspiracy that implants test chips into human victims to control their thoughts. I started the novel the same night I finished it because I could not put it down. I could not go to bed without finding out the name of the perpetrator.
I gave this novel five stars.
*Book given by publisher to review.