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Double Blind: A Novel

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Brandilyn Collins in her new book, ¿Double Blind¿ published by B

    Brandilyn Collins in her new book, “Double Blind” published by B&H Publishing Group brings us into the life of Lisa Newberry.

    From the back cover: Desperate people make desperate choices.

    Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Newberry can barely make it through the day. Suddenly widowed and a survivor of a near-fatal attack, she is wracked with grief and despair. Then she hears of a medical trial for a tiny brain chip that emits electrical pulses to heal severe depression. At rope’s end, Lisa offers herself as a candidate.

    When she receives her letter of acceptance for the trial, Lisa is at first hopeful. But—brain surgery. Can she really go through with that? What if she receives only the placebo?

    What if something far worse goes wrong?

    Written in the relentless style for which Brandilyn Collins is known, Double Blind is a psychological thriller with mind-bending twists. Lisa faces choices that drive her to the brink, and one wrong move could cost the lives of many.

    I liked the books that Michael Crichton used to write and was sorry when he died as there would be no more technology gone sour stories. Brandilyn Collins saw the vacuum and stepped right up to fill it. “Double Blind” is really something, a microchip planted in the brain to remove depression. It works too so no problem right? No, not quite, there is a side effect, Lisa Newberry sees a murder and she has no idea of who the victim is. And then the suspense really starts. The problem is Lisa sets out to find out all the answers and there is a murderer who doesn’t want to be caught so that puts her life in danger. Get ready for a page turner thriller that is just loaded with suspense. Ms. Collins grabs a hold of your nerves and squeezes until you think you can’t be squeezed anymore and then she squeezes those nerves some more. What more can we ask for? “Double Blind” gives us much, much more. This is a top-notch thriller and, I think, this is Ms. Collins best work yet and that is saying some. Ms. Collins takes us on a ride that leaves us breathless but extremely satisfied. Sort of like the way you feel after a roller coaster ride. I liked this book and recommend it highly!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    I hope you are ready for another dose of ¿Seatbelt Suspense®¿!  

    I hope you are ready for another dose of “Seatbelt Suspense®”!  Lisa is 29, suffered several miscarriages, lost her husband and suffered a violent attack. Although she is a person of faith, her depression has become overwhelming. She has tried to rely on God, but she feels her only hope is to be the subject of a new medical experiment which will implant a chip in her brain. What starts out as a quick fix turns out to be her worst nightmare.
     
    This was an interesting plot as the character works through matters of faith while longing for a way to rid her of that crushing depression.  With today’s technology I thought the story was believable, and I could understand the character’s desire to enter into the trial.  The author does not disappoint as she brings her trademark nail-biting suspense to this story. There are some twists in the story that were interesting and surprising.
     
    I confess that I was a little annoyed by the character’s complaints about her mother which I thought were rather superficial criticisms. But in spite of that, I enjoyed the mother/daughter relationship and how they worked through their problems.  It was a very important part of the story.
     
    I have read several of Brandilyn Collins books and although I wouldn’t say this was my favorite, it certainly is an interesting read that I would definitely recommend .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Up all night

    Awesome book! It was imposable to put down.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Lisa Newberry lost her husband to a car accident about 9 months

    Lisa Newberry lost her husband to a car accident about 9 months ago. She was attacked and almost strangled to death. All this brought her to despair and she was suffering from a severe depression which she couldn’t handle. When she hears of a brain chip that emits electrical pulses to her brain that will cure her depression, she offers to participate in the medical trial—hoping and praying that she will get the real chip and not a placebo.




    After surgery she is feeling fine and is convinced she’s cured from her depression, but while still recovering in the hospital she is having a bad dream of someone being murdered. First she’s thinking it must be the meds that’s giving her hallucinations, but when the medications are out of her system she’s still seeing these visions. They scare her to death. She is sure the chip is causing these visions, but the medical company who planted the chip in her brain claims it is a placebo so it shouldn’t do anything.




    Lisa and her mom are trying to unravel the mystery. Who is the woman being murdered in Lisa’s visions? And why is the medical company telling her that she received a placebo while she’s sure it is a real chip?




    I was hooked from page one! I had no idea where this story would take me. It has an original and clever plot. Brandilyn Collins has penned another page-turner which will keep the reader up till late in the night!

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