Blurb from Goodreads
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.
“An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page . . . a fantastic read.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.
As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.
But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?
Oh my god this book was so much fun!
It was a time-twisty, mind-bendy, fast-paced delight and I devoured it in a single sitting. It’s a novel that on one hand is what I would term an extreme popcorn read in that it’s just bonkers and immediately enjoyable on a surface level…but then it’s also quite thought provoking and moralistic and raises these bigger questions about humanity such as what does doing something for the greater good even mean and asks whether or not it’s our memories that truly define us as unique individuals.
The book follows two lead characters, neuroscientist Helena Smith and NYPD Detective Barry Sutton and how their lives become intertwined after Barry starts investigating False Memory Syndrome. It’s a seriously trippy journey that they embark on together but totally gripping.
This was my first Blake Crouch read and I’m entirely certain it won’t be my last. Definitely recommended to people who like fast paced sci fi thrillers that could almost pass for reality!
An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Pan Macmillan, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Published June 2019