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...more
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On a little touristy island of Carratuck a group of teenagers are playing a game: they are trying to stay ...more
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 ...more
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 ... ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
Overall it was okay. 3 stars
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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 ...more