- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atria/Leopoldo & Co. (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501156934
- ISBN-13: 978-1501156939
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Clarity: A Novel Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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“A taut, riveting thriller, a perfect balance of scientific speculation and storytelling.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Seventh Plague
“[A] strong debut . . . Thomas maintains the believability of his tightly coiled plot throughout.”—Publishers Weekly
"Chilling speculative thriller. Tautly plotted and well researched, this book is a riveting take on the possibility of afterlife and reincarnation."—Book Riot
About the Author
Keith Thomas worked as a lead clinical researcher at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health before writing for film and television. He has collaborated with James Patterson on a screenplay and a novel. His work has also appeared in Geek and McSweeney’s.
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The novel did hold a promising tale...Dr. Matilda is by far the worst character. She is a doctor interested in the whole journey of memory and past lives. Yet she wasn't what I expected and didn't meet the expectations for her role in this story. There were other characters that I did really like and thought that Keith Thomas did a fine job in creating. Characters like Kojo and Brandon were believable and enjoyable to follow.
The Clarity was fast-paced, action packed, and full of government misuse. Like the medical experiments that still bring a chill down my back. A lot of conspiracy themes are found inside the book. Overall, it was good and suspenseful. 3.5-stars
I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
Ashanique, an eleven-year-old girl, wakes up one night with the memories of a soldier who was killed in World War I. Matilda, a psychologist who is trying to understand the complexities of how memory works in order to help her mother who has dementia. A cold-blooded killer searching for the mysterious Fifty-One. These are the characters in this complex, thrilling novel.
Matilda meets Ashanique when she is asked by a neighbor to look in on the child. She's immediately taken with the little girl, but it isn't long before Matilda gets caught up in a plot that has her running for her life from a man who has left a trail of bodies all over the world searching for this girl.
I picked up The Clarity expecting to read a few chapters but soon found myself glued to the pages as the story unfolded beneath my fingertips. The intricate story plus the compelling characters made an exciting read. Keith Thomas hit the mark with this one. Your going to want to add this book to your wish list!
Really bold, precise storytelling in the vein of Hanna, American Psycho, or Orphan Black that also balances outward dialogue with internal thoughts, memories, and impulses so masterfully in a way I've rarely seen before. Ashanique is born to 'Janice,' Patient #51 with Project Clarity, a experiment on live human subjects to transfer and implant shared memories, which offers a debilitating side effect of memories from past lives. A counter-offshoot to Project Clarity, the Night Doctors, is keen on bringing down Janice, due to her having the key to silencing their past life memories in a way that their trusty drug, MetroChime, cannot. Ashanique, who embraces these gifts passed down from her mother biologically, turns to Matilda, a college professor that specializes in past-life regression and urban outreach, to help fend off the Night Doctors, entrust with the formula to save them all, and find the origins of Project Clarity.
In this case, it was the Night Doctors. My Creole family didn't have this story and I simply had to find out all about it. And if you haven't learned about them, look it up. It's chilling.
As for The Clarity, this was an enjoyable fast read. The author took a very interesting scientific concept and expanded it to something all to believable.
And there's plenty of action, drama, and heartbreak.
While I didn't always believe how deep the conspiracy was and, admittedly, was at times confused by the formula and how exactly it worked, the book itself was a stellar read.
I'd happily read the author again. And I want another book about the Night Doctors!
*ARC Provided via Net Galley
I stumbled across this Read Now book on Netgalley and took a shot, and I'm glad I did. This was a fast-paced thriller that after the initial setup was basically nonstop action. It was such an interesting concept and was well-plotted. While I don't think the characters were as deep or developed as I would have liked, and the past lives thing didn't take as much of the forefront as expected, I still really enjoyed this novel. The little digital exchange in the epilogue hints at a potential sequel. If there is one, I'm there. :)
3.75 stars rounded up to 4.