Sci-Fi thrillers that center on mind control or memory loss have a long and wonderful history—especially in the movies. I’m thinking of films like ‘Brainstorm’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’ Usually, they have something sinister in common—science gone wrong. And not necessarily because of evil intent. It’s just that sometimes, well…
In Blackout, author Erin Flanagan introduces an interesting idea that seems to fit right in with how women constantly get gaslighted. In this case, Maris is an alcoholic and not unused to periodic gaps in her memory. In fact, her drinking gets so bad that she begins gaslighting herself, saying the memory loss is to be expected and is nothing to worry about. But if that were all there is to it, we wouldn’t have a story.
Something else is going on. Maris hasn’t had a drink for eight months, and still, she suffers occasional episodes where time passes, and she has no idea where her mind went. But, because she has a sharp intellect and a burning curiosity, she investigates. And she learns that she may not be the only person this is happening to.
I enjoyed this novel immensely. The characters are vivid, and the writing is scintillating. Moreover, in my opinion, this book is a movie-worthy thriller. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone hasn’t already optioned it. If you enjoy heart-pounding thrillers, this is the book for you. Reading it is like riding in a car with no brakes on a mountain road. At night.
In this unforgettable psychological thriller, the dark is a terrifying mystery for a woman on the edge.
Seven hard-won months into her sobriety, sociology professor Maris Heilman has her first blackout. She chalks it up to exhaustion, though she fears that her husband and daughter will suspect she’s drinking again. Whatever their cause, the glitches start becoming more frequent. Sometimes minutes, sometimes longer, but always leaving Maris with the same disorienting question: Where have I been?
Then another blackout lands Maris in the ER, where she makes an alarming discovery. A network of women is battling the same inexplicable malady. Is it a bizarre coincidence or something more sinister? What do all the women have in common besides missing time? Or is it who they have in common?
In a desperate search for answers, Maris has no idea what’s coming next—just the escalating paranoia that her memories may be beyond her control, and that everything she knows could disappear in the blink of an eye.