His victims are powerless. He is in control. This is his revenge—and he’s only just begun.
Three university scientists are found dead in a gruesome murder-suicide, and the only suspect in the case, Victor Lazar, is quickly captured. When the spate of violent suicides follows him to prison he is moved to solitary confinement, reserved for the highest-risk inmates. And then h...more
While I was somewhat caught off guard with a twist of one of the characters near the end of the story, I found most of the plot predictable. I didn't feel li ...more
This had the potential for an interesting and exciting story but the way it was told with flashbacks, revelations and explanations, it lost all suspense. The ending was extremely lame.
Narration was ok except for the female voices.
I downloaded Trance because of all the positive reviews.
Dammit, when will I learn?
Trance was bad. I mean, really bad, mostly because the premise was not original and the main character was so unlikable.
I like unlikable characters.
There are plenty of them in literature; the thing is that most well written unlikable characters have, at least, one redeeming quality, one positive trait. Maybe he or she is brilliant or kind or love animals or children.
Dr. Alex Madison is a c ...more
The story jumps between past and present as we learn about Victor, his childhood and weird ability while in the present Alex tries to discover his intentions not realising they are tied together in unexpected ways..
There are twists and turns plus some edge of the seat moments ending with a tense stand off and an excellent set up for ...more
Finished reading: July 4th 2019
"We understand so much, yet so little. Delving into people's minds is an immature science, even for those of us who have studied it for years."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I admit it was hook, line and sinker when I saw the cover of Trance and read the blurb. The promise of a dangerous character with the ability to control minds sounded ...more
Too many good stories written by competent writers out there to waste time with this.
The premise is original with a well-thought-out serial murderer storyline that includes: a villain that terrifies; a flawed, Xanax-addicted protagonist; and horror born of science-fantasy. The atmosphere is appropriately dark and sometimes desperate. As a whole, the writing is good, but I had difficulties with the flash backs/forwards, which were often awkwardly executed.
None of the characters were particularly likable ...more
Bleh. The story promises some sort of "supernatural thriller", but since the author explains the mysterious skill pretty early on, the "supernatural" element quickly vanishes. And for the "thriller" part? The story is quite predictable and you'll have it all figured out WAY before the end.
The idea behind the mysterious skill of the antagonist is pretty interesting. It sort of takes what we already know about psychology and pushes it to an eleven (or thirteen, but you'd hav ...more
I seriously struggled to finish reading this book after several chapters into the story. I was hooked on the storyline, too curious to learn how it ended to stop what turned into an agonizing journey. Maybe part of the problem was that it was so well-written that the descriptions were too detailed. The main vehicle used to carry the story along were the thoughts of a very damaged and completely self-obsessed main character. I really didn't warm to any of the characters but this guy ...more
This is quite a gripping read - even though I must admit the story did not feel new to me and I was able to guess the plot twists before they happened, it was well written and engaging nonetheless. Alex is a psychologist who struggles with his personal demons, addiction, a broken family and unable to hold a steady relationship. He’s a realistic character but his passion is for the mind. When he’s asked to evaluate a dangerous prisoner his life gets twisted into a disaster.
This book really frightened me, to the point that I had to take breaks from reading! Both the thought of the way the orphans were treated, and the darkness that was Victor, appalled me. I look forward to reading more in this series, but first, I need a break. I think I will read something light and silly now.
This story is exciting and disturbing. Anything about mind control should scream wrong specially when children and violence are part of the picture. That being said, I was unable to read this book straight through. I needed time away from children who are being severely punished when they do not conform to their expected standard.
The most disturbing aspect is the possibility this could happen. Some humans welcome complete control over others. If they are particularly drawn to young, helple ...more
So far, so interesting but the hero Alex, a former forensic psychologist who is brought in to investigate soon makes the storyline ridiculous. His Porsche gets a mention, plus his pill popping addiction, his problematic relat ...more
As I have previously boasted; a lot like Bingley in P&P boasting on his terrible penmanship, I rarely read reviews before starting a book and occasionally even skip the blurb. This actually allowed me to sort of enjoy the beginning of the book because I simply believed that the narrator was 'unreliable'. I mean how could s ...more
The overblown and largely boring story is about how our pro ...more
Dr Alex is the main character and he is not very likeable and is very flawed as you find out the more you read. He goes to assess a patient called Victor Lazar who has been at the scene of suicides of some professors and is believed to have somehow put the victims in a trance like state to kill themselves. Victor escapes out of the prison and there are more victims.
The story held me. I liked the concept and the way things went. I disliked the protagonist though. He is weak, egotistical, overly flawed and in these days of opiate abuse I am repelled by a protagonist who is a functional drug addict. Maybe he will clean up in subsequent novels but unlikely I will read them.
Main character Alex Madison had a successful career in forensic psychology, assessing criminals for mental treatment or prosecution, until a case ended with the tragic death of two people. Blaming himself, Madison retreated into private psychology practice (and a growing dependence on Xanax) until his father, a ...more