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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  49 reviews

After a mysterious, silent child is found abandoned on the beach clutching a handheld video game, residents and tourists alike find themselves utterly unable to sleep. Exhaustion impairs judgment, delusions become hysteria, and mob rule explodes into shocking violence. Told from three perspectives: Chief of Police Mays tries to keep order, teenaged tourist Cort and her fri

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Published March 3rd 2020 by Meerkat Press, LLC
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, edelweiss2020
A word of warning- don't read this thriller if you are experiencing sleep deprivation yourself. This book is so good in describing this state all too familiar to parents with young children that you will recognize its torture and empathize immediately. The story covers eight days, and although it is written in short chapters, I chose to read each day in its entirety and they seemed endless...

On a little touristy island of Carratuck a group of teenagers are playing a game: they are trying to stay
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
A mysterious child is found on the beach holding a video game. Afterwards, no one in the town is able to sleep, which turns into insomnia for all, and then hysteria and violence. Eventually the child is blamed for the epidemic and is put in danger.

As one would expect with horror, violence and gore were present, but the story was about so much more. There were some underlying messages about society I found profound. I enjoyed the characters and the writing. I’m glad I stretched my genres a bit by
Sleep deprivation is a unique perspective on mass hysteria and mass violence. This story is told from three characters (Cort, a teenage tourist, Sam, the Doctor, and the local Chief of police). It was interesting to see the crisis through their eyes. Different ages, different backgrounds, they experienced it differently. I felt guilty each night while reading this book, when I got too tired to continue to read, knowing too well how none of the characters on the island could sleep... And the book ...more
Linda Strong
3.5 stars

Residents and tourists alike hit the beach of this vacation island. This will be the vacation no one ever forgets.

Dr. Sam Carlson gets a call from his office. A young boy has been found on the beach. He won't talk or write and he's dirty. No one seems to know who he is ... where he came from ... where his parents are. He's clutching a handheld video game.

Dr. Carlson calls the Chief of Police to see about contacting Childrens Services. The Chief wants to wait until the following day ...
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roy Freirich's "Deprivation" is one of those books that could be described as a beautifully crafted trap. At first, the reader imagines that it will be one of those classic horror-thriller books, as all the ingredients are there - a vacation island, likable but life-scarred characters, strange events leading to random violence and satisfying gore. And yes, you can absolutely read "Deprivation" as a great beach novel, along with the latest Stephen King, Peter Straub or Dean Koontz. But, like I sa ...more
Laura In  Literary Land
Thank you Books Forward PR for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this book expecting a psychological thriller, but there are also themes about society, social media, and mass hysteria. One of the main plots of the book has to do with insomnia and how your mind reacts to the lack of sleep. I am a big fan of sleep and require quite a bit of it to function well so I thought that I'd really sympathize with the characters in this story as they struggle with insomnia. U
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
Deprivation is an interesting read with a unique storyline. It gave me a bit of a Birdbox vibe... in the sense of mass hysteria and aggressive behaviour.

Written in short chapters, it's a solid layout that held my attention. I found myself quickly turning pages to see what happened next. The descriptions are well written, convincing. I definitely found myself feeling a bit frantic throughout certain parts of the story.

Though I enjoyed the premise I felt as though one character in particular, who
Jason Pettus
I couldn't tell while I was reading this whether Roy Freirich is an MFA graduate who unwisely decided to try to write a genre thriller, or a genre author who unwisely decided to try to write an MFA literary novel; then I read his bio and realized he's neither, that he's actually an LA-based screenwriting and song lyrics veteran, who unwisely decided to try to write a combination of genre thriller and MFA literary novel and unfortunately failed at both. I don't want to give away any spoilers, for ...more
Well Read Beard
Descriptive disorienting tale of mass insomnia. As the days go by the narrative blurs and the hysteria escalates on this New York vacation island.

We follow a twisting story line that goes back and forth between and handful of characters. A doctor with a troubled past tries to fight his fatigue to identify the cause and cure. An aging police chief fights to restore some sort of order. A teenage girl competes in an online "Stay Awake" game. You have to tweet every 15 minutes to stay alive in the g
Linda Hepworth
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the August holiday season on Carratuck Island, New York. A young boy, clutching a handheld video game and either unable or unwilling to speak, has been found abandoned on the beach but no one knows who he is or where he has come from. However, his appearance seems to coincide with residents and tourists alike finding themselves stricken by crippling insomnia: unable to sleep and desperate for explanations, they start to blame the mysterious child for what is happening to them. As mass hyst ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unputdownable, horror
This is a perfect book for Summer 2020. While the world experiences social isolation brought on by COVID19, many find themselves trapped in a cycle of insomnia. Deprivation does not have Zombies, but it does feature the “Sleepless.” During the month of August, Carratuck, a small Island off the NY Atlantic coast, is frequented by tourists. Courtney ( Cort) and her teenage friends on the island begin a texting game wherein they try to stay awake for 48 hours. A young boy is found alone on the beac ...more
Joshie Nicole readwithjoshie
Thank you to Books Forward Press for sending me a copy of Deprivation to read and review.

The story follows the plight of an east coast tourist town on Carratuck Island that is afflicted with the sudden onset of mass insomnia after a young, silent orphan boy is found on the beach, video game in hand. The story of the how and the why unfold through three perspectives: police Chief Mays, local doctor Sam Carlson, and teenager Cort who is a participant in #sleepless43 - a social media contest to see
William Wadhams
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to obtain an advance copy of Roy Freirich's new book, Deprivation. As I began reading the book, I became one of the book's vacationers, arriving on Carratuck Island. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and getting caught up in the mystery of the story, told in rich, cinematic detail. Over the course of a few days, I devoured the book. I look forward to seeing the movie! (when someone is smart enough to produce it!) ...more
Kelly Knapp
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/suspence readers
Recommended to Kelly by: Won as part of the Goodreads Firstreads giveaways
Rage, Fear, and Insomnia

This is my first read during the Covid-19 scare and this story is a great look at how fear and illness foments into rage and crazy behavior. Very timely story. Fast paced. Lost one star as I don't care for multi-view points.
Aimee Whatshername
When a young, mute boy appears out of nowhere in a small beach town, residents and tourists are struck with a brutal case of insomnia. Dr. Sam Carlson desperately tries to find a cure before the entire town goes mad and turns on each other. At the same time, Dr. Carlson is trying to figure out the boy's identity. 

"Deprivation" is a compelling read, similar to the works of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I highly recommend this book if you're looking to read a suspenseful thriller that borders on h
Eddie Generous
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mostly good, totally interesting idea. A couple characters pulling odd, seemingly unlikely parallel traits when rationality flew out the window. Many different voices tried on. Cool method for immediate civilization deterioration. Like a frantic Lord of the Flies with adults.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A not-so-guilty pleasure -- it achieves meaning and dimension beyond its thriller/suspense trappings. Vivid prose, by turns languorous and terse, bring a keen sense of a Martha's Vineyard-like island in tourist season, as hapless and heroic characters spiral into sleep-deprivation fueled delusion, and finally the entire island into mass hysteria. There's a simple truth under it all: the less sleep you have, the more misunderstood you feel. ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it multiple times and felt I penetrated new layers each new reading. Really felt the collective despair and growing madness -- sleeplessness is itself a character in this book, among the other artfully portrayed characters. It's an antagonist whose motives remain ambiguous to the very end. This is the essence of the book: a small, trapped population, all put through the same ordeal by an inscrutable force, and the demons within themselves they must confront because of its stresses. I coul ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It all begins with a child, alone in the beach and grabbing his little videogame like there is nothing else in his life. Suddenly, everyone starts losing sleep and too many problems starts surfacing. Sam, the local doctor, finds himself looking the abandoned child and, at the same time, trying to answer the increasingly desperate appeals of the temporary residents for something that makes them sleep. He is, however, also dealing with his own insomnia and a past that keeps haunting him. As the da ...more
David Angsten
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Freirich delivers thrills and suspense in some of the sharpest writing of any American author working today. The language is so precise, the details and disparate collection of vacation islanders so acutely observed, that when the seemingly impossible happens—no one on the island can sleep—you never doubt for an instant that the living nightmare that follows isn’t terrifyingly real. Insomniacs be warned: this page-turner guarantees a very late night.”
Kevin Carter
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever, simple premise played out nicely. Made me feel crazy myself!
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Deprivation by Roy Freirich is a recommended thriller about mass hysteria and sleep deprivation.

On New York’s Carratuck Island a traumatized, silent child is found alone, abandoned on a beach, holding his handheld video game. Physician Sam Carlson checks the boy out. He is dirty, but silent and won't tell anyone who he is. Police Chief Mays wants to wait before calling social services as he is sure the boy's parents will appear. Both Carlson and Mays are battling insomnia. At the same time teena
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something goes unmistakably wrong in Carratuck Island, NY.
Residents and tourists alike are falling prey to an unsettling insomnia. Sam Carlson, the local doctor, finds no cause nor cure for the extraordinary case. Meanwhile, frustrated Chief brings in a boy with no parents found at the beach with his handheld video game. Sam and his girlfriend, Kathy, offer to take custody of the boy until Child Services arrive.
Once they find the cause of the boy’s mother, who was the only one taking care of h
Suzy Michael
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

Deprivation by Roy Freirich is an eerie tale where I found myself constantly holding my breath. The suspense will hold you in it's grasp through most of the book, not letting go until the very end.

Deprivation tells the story of a small seaside town where it's residents and tourists alike find themselves unable to sleep after a little boy is discovered on the beach alone, clutching a handheld video game.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who is the mysterious child, and is he responsible for the horror that has enveloped the town? No one really knows. When a child is found alone on the beach, unwilling or unable to speak or write, along with being dirty, a doctor resident of the town must decide what to do. When he receives word of this, the local doctor, Dr. Sam Carlson, calls the town chief of police to help him figure out what to do. The chief is reluctant to call Child Services and stick the child into the system, so he pers ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Meerkat Press for the advanced reader’s copy. All thoughts are my own.

“How do you wake up when you’re already awake?”

3.5/5 This was an interesting read for me. When I received this book, I saw that it was a thriller, And got excited. It took me a while to get into it though. The set up was long and takes a bit to really see the toll that the lack of sleep was having on the area. It was probably about the halfway point, maybe a little before that, before the story took off and got mo
Henri Moreaux
I was provided a copy of this book for free by the publisher for reviewing purposes.

Deprivation is a story set in the tourist haven island of Carratuck, whose only connection to the mainland is a once a day ferry. It covers a span of 8 days which begin with a child being found who is seemingly mute and abandoned, shortly thereafter those on the island report being unable to sleep and an insomnia epidemic unfolds.

People quickly become short tempered, aggravated, paranoid and begin to take their f
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won, kindle
Deprivation is an interesting, strange and a bit eerie reading experience. I must admit however, that I am not quite sure that I can state I liked the story as at times it seemed to stumble a bit.
Overall it was okay. 3 stars

My thanks to goodreads and the book's giveaway sponsors for the opportunity to obtain and read a copy of this book.
Joelle Egan
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-thing
Deprivation a new novel by Roy Frierich, describes an insomnia outbreak that occurs over the course of nine days on a small fictional island off the Atlantic coast. A trauma-stricken boy is found wandering the beach of Carratuck Island, where tourists and locals are busy starting their usual summer vacation rituals. Sam is the doctor in charge of the Urgent Care Center, and his typical caseload involves simple accidents and sun-related maladies. This perfectly suits the young physician who wishe ...more
D Gillis
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great premise: a whole island of sleep deprived characters and a mysterious lost child. Roy Freirich took the story beyond a clever idea and really explored human nature and crowd mentality. As everyone becomes more and more exhausted, it becomes a struggle for the police chief and the doctor to hold their thoughts together long enough to figure out what’s really happening. I had to binge read the second half of this book, not wanting to put it down until the last page. It is beautifully ...more
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Born in New York and educated at Beloit College in Wisconsin, author Roy Freirich has been Associate Editor for the nationally renowned "Beloit Poetry Journal," and for the national desk of "The New York Times."

He received a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan, where he wrote and co-directed "Persona Non Grata," an Ann Arbor International Film Festival prize winn

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