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Sunday, December 23, 2018

REVIEW: Painless by Marty Thornley @martythornley

by Marty Thornley

Thank you to JKS Communications for this copy.

Publish Date: January 18, 2018
284 Pages
Genre: Psychological Horror

For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life's obsession.

My Review:

Good lawd, this debut novel! If you had chronic pain that you had to self medicate and it caused you to basically lose the most important things in your life... wouldn't you want to go into a clinical trial to take it all away? I've been dealing with some slight back pain for the past few weeks and am just about to this point (might be exaggerating a little). I just want the pain to go away!

Enter Dr. Dante Menta (D. Menta, ha!). A group of people are going through the procedure and while it did work, the side effects are harrowing and gruesome. I am here for every single minutes of it!

The book does start a little bit slow (the prologue doesn't but after that...). There are some parts where it feels slightly choppy and repetitive. However, get into the meat (no pun intended) of the story where they've been primed and ready for the procedure... well, this is where the book launches into overdrive. Gruesome and cringe worthy scenes included. It's been some time where I've actually winced at a book and the actions contained within. All in the best way. I'm one of those people who love this type of read.

Now, keeping in mind this is a debut novel.. there's certainly some things that could be improved on such as a flow and slight repetitiveness. HOWEVER, I am a fan. There's a reason our body feels pain. It's a warning to keep yourself from danger and certainly much more. I am certainly hesitant to enter into any kind of clinical trial after reading this.

Will certainly pick up the next book by Thornley. (Also, huge fan of this cover.)


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