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Color Blind (A Dr. Jenna Ramey Novel) Paperback – November 4, 2014
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“Color Blind is fast paced, suspenseful, and surprising. Forensic psychiatrist Jenna Ramey is a great heroine, whose synesthesia offers a fascinating approach to investigation. Colby Marshall has written a top-notch debut novel.” —Meg Gardiner, author of Phantom Instinct
“Readers will look forward to seeing more of this appealing heroine.”—Publishers Weekly
“[A] stellar debut… Marshall's style is clipped and spare, her main character and her powerful perceptions an intriguing hero.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“High stakes and frequent setbacks keep the action taut and demonstrate Jenna's human frailties. Readers will eagerly await Jenna's next adventure, and with an imminent sequel, their wishes will quickly come true.”—Shelf Awareness
“One of the most original heroines to grace the pages of thriller fiction in years...[A] rivetingly effective tale that will stoke memories of early James Patterson at his best.”—Providence Journal
Praise for the novels of Colby Marshall
“Colby Marshall has written a book that deserves to be called THRILLER.”—R.L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps series
“An intricate puzzle that will keep you guessing until the very end!”—C.J. Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Broken
“Colby Marshall’s sterling debut may transpire over more than six or seven days, but like me you'll probably finish it in a single night, racing the dawn to flip the last page. A classic concept updated to fit our politics wary world.”—Jon Land, bestselling author of The Tenth Circle
About the Author
Colby Marshall is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She is especially qualified to write about synesthesia, as she has this rare condition.
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Dr. Jenna Ramey is a forensic psychiatrist who occasionally consults for the FBI. Her ability to recognise micro expressions by interpreting them as colors makes her acutely aware of deception and other emotional responses. What could easily be misconstrued as reading auras, is indeed a rare neurological condition.
When Jenna is called in on a case involving an amusement park shooting, she finds that the suspect in custody has asked to meet with her personally. Only then will the suspect discuss the fact that a second shooter was able to escape.
She is working with Hank, her ex boyfriend and father of her daughter. While the couple have a tumultuous past, they are able to work together smoothly.
While interviewing the shooting victims, she meets Yancy. He was mildly wounded during the attack and, with previous law enforcement experience, is able to add insight that Jenna would have never thought of.
Jenna is a very intelligent woman with a great understanding of psychopathy. Because of her synesthesia, she is trusting of her new friend from the very beginning. But, how she is able to use Yancy as a consultant, while she herself is consulting, is confusing. Her actual partner, Hank, is unsure of Yancy, but does nothing to prevent him from joining the investigation.
The story extremely entertaining and full of excitement. While many aspects of the plot are unrealistic, the readers are able to suspend disbelief. Jenna Ramey is a captivating character that will be a whirlwind force for more spectacular novels to come!
And the story itself is terrific. Jenna, an FBI profiler (with said synesthesia) happens to be the daughter of dear ol' mom serial killer Claudia, whose brilliance at feigning insanity has her smugly residing in a mental hospital rather than sitting on death row or locked up behind bars for life. When another serial killer is caught... because he WANTS to be caught... he somehow knows entirely too much about Claudia, Jenna and her family. While the FBI works to track down this killer's partner in crime, he's still pulling the strings, and getting others to do his bidding. And what he wants most is to outsmart and destroy Jenna.
This is a well-written, fast-moving story with lots of satisfying twists and turns. Color it GOOD!
She's also created the most unique protagonist I've encountered in a long time. Dr. Jenna Ramey is a consultant for the FBI as a profiler of sorts. The special thing she brings to her analysis is synesthesia, a condition/ability/unusual brain-wiring that some people have where letters, numbers, words, flavors, etc. are intrinsically linked with colors, and the colors have special meanings unique to the person with the condition. Ms. Marshall has said in interviews that she herself has synesthesia, so she brings a reality to Jenna Ramey that would be hard to achieve for many other writers. Jenna isn't just a tough FBI agent; she's a fully rounded character with a family and friends, and who also has a sociopathic mother who tried to kill them all.
This book, including the traits and behaviors of sociopaths has been extremely well researched, according to the author notes, and it shows. The psychopathic antagonists are skin-crawlingly creepy, and their victims (including a couple of other "villains" who are manipulated by the psychopaths) are presented with a touching sympathy--there are clear, logical reasons for their vulnerability to the remorseless, cruel machinations of the primary sociopaths, Isaac Keaton and Jenna's own murderous mother. Ms. Marshall is very effective at creating the miasma of malignancy that is the unseen-until-it's-too-late hallmark of these twisted, terrifying people.
As a sort of "Easter egg", fans of Ms. Marshall will recognize a familiar face in the character of Yancy, a man with a prosthetic leg and an independently-minded dachshund. He first appeared in a small cameo role in The Trade, part of Ms. Marshall's McKenzie McClendon series of novels. In Color Blind, Yancy solidly moves into the role of protagonist, with a few clever tricks up his sleeve (or rather, down his leg!) I, for one, hope that some day Ms. Marshall uses that link to bring the two series together. Dr. Jenna Ramey and McKenzie McClendon would be a truly dynamic duo! Until then, I'm very much looking forward to the next Jenna Ramey novel!
We have a psychopath, a serial killer, a mass murderer, a bombing, and Dr. Ramey's mother .. who has escaped from a mental hospital, where she's been for attempting to kill Dr. Ramey's father and brother. Oh yes .. and there is a hint of romance, as well.
The author has it all wrapped up and very nicely segueing into the next book.
I'm giving it 5 stars because I really got into all those dots!
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Strangely enough this is not the first book I have read where the main character has “synesthesia” which is described as – a...Read more
It was a disappointment.