ò Read ☆ Trance by Adam Southward ☆ Agonizing. . I seriously struggled to finish reading this book after several chapters into the story I was hooked on the storyline, too curious to learn how it ended to stop what turned into an agonizing journey Maybe part of the problem was that it was so well written that the descriptions were too detailed The main vehicle used to carry the story along were the thoughts of a very damaged and completely self obsessed main character I really didn t warm to any of the characters but this guy was a whining loser and his thoughts were boring after the first few chapters. I felt trapped on a hamster wheel of self pittying rumination Good plot idea, technically well executed but using a character who was too flawed to care about. Finished reading July 4th 2019 We understand so much, yet so little Delving into people s minds is an immature science, even for those of us who have studied it for years A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas Mercer in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoiler I admit it was hook, line and sinker when I saw the cover of Trance and read the blurb The promise of a dangerous character with the ability to control minds sounded absolutely fantastic, and there was no way I was going to be able to resist reading it It might have been that I had set my expectations too high, because unfortunately I can t say I was convinced by the story itself and I ended up having mixed thoughts I still think the premise of this story is absolutely engrossing and probably the strongest aspect of thi His Victims Are Powerless He Is In Control This Is His Revenge And He S Only Just BegunThree University Scientists Are Found Dead In A Gruesome Murder Suicide, And The Only Suspect In The Case, Victor Lazar, Is Quickly Captured When The Spate Of Violent Suicides Follows Him To Prison He Is Moved To Solitary Confinement, Reserved For The Highest Risk Inmates And Then His Assigned Psychologist Inexplicably Takes His Own LifeAlex Madison, A Former Forensic Psychologist Turned Private Therapist, Is Brought In To Interview Victor He Suspects That Victor Is Controlling His Victims, Somehow Coaxing Them Into A Suggestive Trance It Seems Like Science Fiction, But As Alex Digs Deeper He Uncovers A Frightening Reality Of Secret Research And Cruel Experimentation And The Perpetrators Are Closer To Home Than He Could Ever Have ImaginedToo Late, Alex Learns The True Extent Of What Victor Is Capable Of And Who He S After With Everything He Holds Dear At Risk, Can Alex Take Control Of A Dangerous Mind Before It Takes Control Of Him Despite a promising start this novel slowly devolves into a bad episode of the X files A celebrated clinical psychologist, Alex, takes on the rare forensic case He is to examine a strange Romanian prisoner who was found at the scene of a brutal murder suicide Seems like a lot of people kill themselves when this prisoner is around But Alex has all the usual baggage. , a divorced wife he still loves, a precocious brat, plenty of angst and guilt which he assuages with an addiction to Xanax The case unfolds predictably with this supposedly brilliant man doing incredibly stupid things I was disappointed with this book the prose is flat and Alex is a bore The confinement of the prisoner is definitely not believable at most he was a witness and the immigration hold was just a sham and a weak one at that The plot was one I ve seen and enjoyed on the X Files amon Psychological crime fiction with horror science fantasy elements 3. 5 Stars The premise is original with a well thought out serial murderer storyline that includes a villain that terrifies a flawed, Xanax addicted protagonist and horror born of science fantasy The atmosphere is appropriately dark and sometimes desperate As a whole, the writing is good, but I had difficulties with the flash backs forwards, which were often awkwardly executed None of the characters were particularly likable, so I followed the creepy but often pitiable POV of Victor Lazar, the villain who suffered horrific abuse as a child Victor survived his brutal life in an orphanage and became a formidable murderer Less interesting but necessary to the story the soul revealing POV of psychologist Ale This one s on me. I downloaded Trance because I saw all the positive reviews Dammit, when will I learnTrance was bad I mean, really bad, mostly because the premise was not original and the main character was so unlikable. I like unlikable characters There are plenty of them in literature the thing is that most well written unlikable characters have, at least, one redeeming quality, one positive trait Maybe he or she is brilliant or kind or love animals or children. Dr Alex Madison is a cad A douche He spends time sleeping with women he doesn t care about than he does doing what he s trained to do Psychology Ha He s a highly functioning drug addictnatchand drives a flashy Porsche to annoy his fatherDaddy issuesand can t maintain any healthy l A SIMPLE MAN S REVIEW Bleh The story promises some sort of supernatural thriller , but since the author explains the mysterious skill pretty early on, the supernatural element quickly vanishes And for the thriller part The story is quite predictable and you ll have it all figured out WAY before the end The idea behind the mysterious skill of the antagonist is pretty interesting It sort of takes what we already know about psychology and pushes it to an eleven or thirteen, but you d have to read the book to get that joke There s a few Derren Brown shows out there that give you some insight into what is possible that s the scary part of this whole book Unfortunately, the protagonist is a complete ass Why would anyone want to read another book with him as the main character He s selfish and annoying, but not in a redeemable way It s actually hard to
Maybe it s a good story Maybe not What s for certain is the writing sucks Example Alex slipped on his suit Being as the suit in question is not a boiler suit, how the heck did he SLIP it on Too many good stories written by competent writers out there to waste time with this. It is possible to be intrigued with a story but also be disenchanted with the arrogance of the main character, and such was the case here Alex Madison is a philandering jerk, who seems to be aimless and without any sense of purpose He s a miserable soul, and while I didn t like him at all, I still had to see how things would get resolved While I was somewhat caught off guard with a twist of one of the characters near the end of the story, I found most of the plot predictable I didn t feel like the author explained the chemistry between a couple of the characters very well at all, and so I didn t buy into their relationship at all This was just an OK read for me, nothing spectacular. 1. 5 stars Too predictable The protagonist the stereotypical psychologist with a broken marriage and an addiction to pills was a whining prick with no redeeming qualities I disliked him so much, I won t bother with the second book in this new series. This had the potential for an interesting and exciting story but the way it was told with flashbacks, revelations and explanations, it lost all suspense The ending was extremely lame. Narration was ok except for the female voices.