Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Favorites #4 Double Blind

Title:  Double Blind
Author:  Brandilyn Collins                                                                                                              
Pages:  328
Year:  2012
Publisher:   B&H Publishing Group                                                          
                Lisa Newberry thinks she is going insane.  She has suffered several traumatic events over the last two years including three miscarriages, being attacked and almost strangled to death, and the death of her beloved husband.  All this has happened and she is only 29 years old.  She has been suffering from severe depression.  She has no family nearby and only one close friend.  God has surely abandoned her, right?  Then, she gets The Letter.
                Cognoscenti is a company that has created an Empowerment Chip.  They hope to help those who suffer from severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s, and other brain disorders through the use of this chip.  The chip is implanted in the brain and prevents the impulses of depression, panic, fear, etc… so that the people implanted with the chip can live normal lives.  The chip is now at the human trial level before being available to the mass market.  They need volunteer subjects for this trial, who agree to undergo brain surgery for chip implantation.  There are many applications; they notify the applicants of their acceptance by letter.
                Lisa has been accepted to the trial.  She has a meeting with those in charge of the trial and they tell her that neither she nor they will know if she has received a placebo chip or the Empowerment Chip so the results will be accurate and not influenced by anyone…a double blind trial.  She undergoes the surgery and has the chip implanted.  While in the recovery room, she has a vision of a man committing murder.  She chalks it up to the drugs and anesthesia, but the next day she has another vision.  As the week progresses, so do the visions with more and more detail.  All the visions are viewed through the eyes of the murderer.  Lisa decides she wants this chip out.  She keeps seeing this vision over and over of some woman being murdered.  She can’t sleep one night because as soon as she closes her eyes, the vision begins and plays over and over.  The company won’t listen to her story, won’t remove the chip, and tells her she has had a placebo chip implanted.  Lisa knows this just can’t be true, right?  She is not going crazy or is she?  There is something wrong with this chip and she must find out before it is available to the general public.  It is not safe.  Lisa, with the help of her mother, who comes to stay with her after receiving a threatening phone call about Lisa, begins to investigate who the victim might be.  Guess what?  They find the victim alive and well.  What is going on?  Obviously, this murder never happened, but it seemed so real.
                Brandilyn Collins has written a fantastic, suspense-filled thriller that I couldn’t put down.  I have not read any of her other books yet, but I’m going to now!  You’ll see that God hasn’t abandoned Lisa, and he will never abandon you either.  Get this one and put it on your keeper shelf after reading it.  It will keep you riveted and on the edge of your seat.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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