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Sam Price, a psychologist and researcher, uncovers the morbid experiments when a fellow researcher is murdered. He and his cute co-scientist, Nicole, work to find who is responsible using their knowledge of the mind and old research clues.
The dialog gets a bit deep into theories about the human mind and if you like that, you’ll love the in-depth discussions about psychology studies and theories. Half a Mind offers an interesting twist to the sleuth detective genre with an unexpected ending.
With such an original premise, and a concept that is interesting and intriguing, it would have a broader audience appeal if it dialed down more on the lengthy speeches and dialogue and introduced a bigger mix of action so we learn more about the characters through their actions, less so just their words.
It's a very cerebral book, and it makes you think. In that regard, I loved it because it isn't something you usually find and the author has a very clear grasp of his knowledge of the subject. The author can write, that is very clear. This isn't a bad book, in fact, it's a very good book but for my personal taste, it was just too laden down with dialogue and needed something to break up the monotony of the science lectures.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Obviously written by an author who is intimately familiar with his complex subject matter, Half a Mind is a text book on neuroscience overlaid with a Criminal Minds entertainment factor. The author’s style, including precise sections described by date and time to the very minute, lends a tenseness to the narrative. In places, where the prose reads more peer-review than fiction, the pacing is uneven, but one makes allowances for the scientific scenic detours (bless them, they do have to validate everything) in order to reach the good bits. And “the Experimenter” threads together active narrative with enough menace that you can’t help but want to keep reading. I enjoyed these sections the most in the book, and of all the characters, I felt that his was the most interesting.
The clinical narration was fascinating in places – I especially found the missing limb treatment interesting – but there were times when the author became so engrossed in the science that we lost track of the fiction. For me, this resulted in the main characters being rather two dimensional. They seemed to be having a lot of very consistent conversations, and I would have liked more action, messy interruptions, shouting matches…in other words, less science, more emotion. However, the author did an admirable job of blending science and fiction to leave us wondering if somewhere in the Nevada desert there exists a…but no, I’m just being fanciful.
In all, an interesting novel, a unique plot, and if science and crime are genres you enjoy, there is a great deal to like about this book. It is not one that leaves you for a while, and that is the mark of a good story. I reviewed this book as part of an exchange for a fair review.