Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring Reading 2014 Tabula Rasa

You're in a hospital-like setting. There are nurses and doctors, treatment rooms, rec rooms, waiting rooms. You wear a hospital gown and nonskid socks. You are told that the treatments you receive are to help with severe PTSD, so that you can get a fresh start on life. Nothing that can remind you of your old life is allowed, not even a reflection of your face. But you overhear a nurse talking about some of the patients being victims of violence and some being perpetrators. You begin to wonder in which category you belong. You're not even sure if the name they call you is actually yours, or just something that's been assigned to you. You're adrift, disconnected from the world, not even the location of this building is in your memory. So what happens next? What if your memory starts to return, despite the treatments?

That's the situation Sarah (if that's really her name), finds herself in. None of the staff will tell her what she did to be placed in this program, or where she came from, where they are now... Any time she does something different, like too many push-ups in the gym or building the same structure over and over with the Lego blocks in the therapy room, she is forbidden to try it again. No more gym time. No more Legos. How can those things be a threat? How would working out in the gym cause a setback in her treatment? Why does the nurse go ballistic over the Legos? And what sort of hospital only has a handful of patients, but state of the art equipment and therapy that costs millions for each patient? Even with a spotty memory, Sarah knows things aren't adding up. And she's starting to get the feeling that time is running out.

If you like mystery, suspense, action and the possibility of a good conspiracy theory - with the added bonus of a tough female protagonist - then you should give this a try.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be released September 23, 2014.

Visit the author's website for more information.

Check out the book trailer by Naomi Bates.

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