In celebration of #indieApril over on Twitter and because there are some wonderful indie books out there, I’ve put together a series of posts recommending some awesome works I have read over the years.
This post is dedicated to the Thriller genre so here are some books I highly recommend:
‘The Silent Betrayal’ by Momus Najmi
‘Original, eloquently written and thrilling. A tale of deception that reads like a spy thriller but carries a much deeper meaning…’
‘The Player Without Luck’ by Kristina Gallo
‘A thrilling page turning story that will keep you immersed from the start….’
‘Fee Simple Conditional (Arcadia Chronicles Book 1)’ by H.C. Helfand
‘A gem of a read about life, love and land…’
‘We Watch You’ By N.S. Ford
‘Cleverly plotted British mystery thriller with darker psychological tones and twists…’
‘Wonder Rush’ by Dan McKeon
‘An immersive and suspenseful teen spy thriller with some darker edges, a positive message, originality and depth…‘
‘Awake’ by Andrew Palmer
‘An original techno-psychological thriller that captures the essence and surrealism of dreams with a sinister edge…‘
‘Scarred’ by Damien Linnane
‘A brutal tale of justice blinded by revenge…‘
‘The Good Kill: A Killian Lebon Novel’ by Kurt Brindley
‘An enthralling, gripping tale of epic proportions taking the reader on a ride full of twists, turns and action…‘
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to use #indieApril over on Twitter to show your support for indie authors and their awesome works!
An original techno-psychological thriller that captures the essence and surrealism of dreams with a sinister edge…
In the not too far future ‘Edward Morrison’ is a computer programming prodigy with a million dollar corporation behind him. His main objective in life is to create and complete a ‘dream machine’ prototype that looks to replicate REM sleep conditions while also providing a virtual reality that cannot be distinguished from the real world. And what exactly is real and just a dream? Well that’s the partial genius readers face in this story as the lines become blurred capturing the surreal element of what our dreams can be.
While Edward is determined and engrossed in the work he also carries a complex childhood trauma that plagues his nightmares throughout the story, hence the connection between him and the dream concept. He’s a reclusive type and initially helped only by ‘Athena’ who eventually serves as something with too much control and power which becomes a threat – like the technology in this story, it’s created with the best intentions but humans have a tendency to foster the worst outcomes. Control seems to be the metaphor that holds everything together here.
In the latter stages there were a few moments that felt a little hard to follow as the concept of what was a dream and what wasn’t played out. While readers will need to pay close attention at this point it also heightened the psychological sense of what was going through the MC’s mind. The writing style is descriptive and easy to follow with chapters that are well paced.
The concept of connection through the unconscious as mentioned by Andrew Palmer in the acknowledgment brings a twist and satisfying resolve via the estranged ‘Cura’ who serves as an important character throughout. Dreams and the human mind make for a fascinating subject which is put beside the perhaps danger of technology making this story an interesting and imaginative read.
4 Stars – This review first premiered via Reedsy Discovery