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Blackout: A Thriller Kindle Edition
In this unforgettable psychological thriller, the dark is a terrifying mystery for a woman on the edge.
Seven hard-won months into her sobriety, sociology professor Maris Heilman has her first blackout. She chalks it up to exhaustion, though she fears that her husband and daughter will suspect she’s drinking again. Whatever their cause, the glitches start becoming more frequent. Sometimes minutes, sometimes longer, but always leaving Maris with the same disorienting question: Where have I been?
Then another blackout lands Maris in the ER, where she makes an alarming discovery. A network of women is battling the same inexplicable malady. Is it a bizarre coincidence or something more sinister? What do all the women have in common besides missing time? Or is it who they have in common?
In a desperate search for answers, Maris has no idea what’s coming next—just the escalating paranoia that her memories may be beyond her control, and that everything she knows could disappear in the blink of an eye.
“Flanagan keeps the reader guessing to the surprising climax. She remains a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
“Intense and creepy, Blackout is a slow-burn thriller that explores the intersection of cutting-edge technology and the Me Too movement. You won’t be able to put Blackout down until you find out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together!” —Aggie Blum Thompson, author of I Don’t Forgive You
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What do you do? Do you call for help? Do you admit there might be a problem? Do you mention the stress?
For Maris Heilman, the choice is especially complicated. While she’s a successful sociology professor, she’s also a recovering alcoholic who was prone to blackouts. But it turns out she’s not alone: there’s a group of women all experiencing the same unexpected blackouts. Are they suffering from a strange illness? Or is someone more nefarious behind these memory losses?
What would you do if you couldn’t trust your thoughts? Your memory? Your instincts?
In Blackout, Erin Flanagan creates a terrifying thriller that leaves you questioning everyone in your life—and how much control you really have.
—Jessica Tribble Wells, Editor
- ASIN : B09MCZ798K
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 July 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 8803 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,796 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was pretty bad. The writing itself was okay. It was readable in that middle of the road way that thrillers can be. The protagonist, Maris, is a junior sociology professor at a Midwestern university and lives with her husband and daughter froma previous relationship. After an incident months before, she quit drinking. But people who were close to her don't really believe she's quit.
So, Maris is trying for tenure. She's supposedly a feminist who has a decent social media following because she writes think pieces on white male privilege, and about a local rape case where the rapist only served 4 months. And then the blackouts start.
Without spoiling it, it's the most over the top story I've read in a long time. It's not based in reality or science. And Maris' feminism feels weird and inauthentic. It's the most white lady feminism ever; it's so bad it feels like a parody. The story was stupid. The pacing went wonky about halfway through. And the resolution was an insult to people who manage to sit through the whole thing.
Do yourself a favour and miss this one.
There's an interesting plot about a sociologist who has written extensively about a local rape case and now finds she can't get tenure at her university due to prejudice against her. There's a not so interesting plot about somebody struggling with sobriety after a long life of alcohol abuse. There's a sub-plot about a young woman out for revenge, and old misogynist prof with a history of stealing his female researchers work. And then just when you think it might all sort of make sense, you're going to have to accept a modern-day Stepford Wives-like manipulation based on RFID technology that's utterly bonkers.
It's fast-paced and a quick read but I'm absolutely not buying the made-up science in the slightest. You either need to put this sort of pseudo science into a near-future dystopian novel or make the technology a lot more believable.