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- Print Length: 382 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544711514
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XPS3PJY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Without going into the gory details or the method of Dr. Bloom, his patient's deaths are spectacularly staged (and gory) and witnessed by the good doctor. The author does a great job telling why Dr. Bloom is a serial killer and it may make you feel some empathy for the man. But, that is a whole chapter worth exploring on your own. I was pleasantly surprised at the intricate detail of the mind of Dr. Bloom. He's smart. Incredibly smart. The book is definitely worth your time. It has everything a chilling horror novel should have. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the author's other book about a serial killer named Toxic Desire, which features a female serial killer. Who's more evil? Dr. Bloom by far. Why? I won't spoil the novel for you. Fear Inducer is more malevolent while Toxic Desire is erotically-charged. Also, look for the subtlty in Doctor Bloom over the novel. He has a lot of secrets worth discovering. Excellent book and a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
P.S. - I forgot something. There are loads if images in the book at the front of each chapter based on the fear the patient has. Really cool visuals to put you in the mood for what you are about to read.
Although left largely unexplored in the pages of the novel, there are profound sexual elements to Dr. Bloom’s lethal predilections. This inherent sexuality explicitly arises on only one occasion, in the context of one of Dr. Bloom’s sessions with an attractive female patient named “Megan.” That particular scene contains graphic language and explicit sexual imagery. Otherwise, the novel’s erotic undercurrent is more suggested than stated, particularly with regard to Dr. Bloom’s ambiguous relationship with his secretary, Joanna. The police officers who periodically investigate Dr. Bloom’s nefarious activities are more-or-less caricatures.
‘Fear Inducer’ is, frankly, not for everyone, and certainly not for the squeamish. If your literary tastes run to the gruesome and blood-spattered, however, ‘Fear Inducer’ might just be what you’ve been looking for.
How Dr. Bloom's career becomes perverted from one where he was headed for the Nobel Prize to one in which he longs for nothing better than to quench his bloodthirsty yen for domination over others, by means of maximizing his patients’ deepest fears to the extent that they willingly take their own life is told in gruesome and lurid detail. Douglas even goes so far as depicting the victims falling prey to their own worst imaginings in black-and-white illustrations that precede each of the major cases covered in this volume. Asserting that she wished to be predictable when writing Fear Inducer, she says that she “purposely wanted readers for this book alone, to know ahead of time what was going to happen”, so that she could protect her readers from themselves. So, if you suffer from any of the phobias described, and still wish to read the work, you are able to avoid reading about one that might trigger your own anxieties and fears. According to Douglas, you should truly be grateful for how thoughtful an author she is.
The setting of Fear Inducer is Auckland, but, as Douglas notes, her setting always comes secondary to the development of her plot and characters. Her explanation of the origin of each phobia in the characters’ mind enables you to gain insight into the reason for the development of their fear. However, any empathy that you might be tempted to have for Dr. Bloom’s patients is soon swept away by the graphic revealing of the details of their unsympathetic treatment at the hands of this psychopathic monster. Dr. Bloom’s two relationships that transcend the doctor–patient dichotomy, namely those with his secretary, Joanna, and with Rick, a colleague whom he feels tempted at times to draw into his subversive world, make one aware that Douglas is capable of thinking beyond the sadomasochistic bounds of her central theme to the ambiguous power play of employer–employee and collegial associations.
All in all, Fear Inducer is a powerful work that should prove to be quite capable of setting your nerves on edge―only daylight reading recommended, though!
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