Publisher: Biting Duck
Publishing Date: August 2015
Publisher Description: Sherry Pollack is a brilliant scientist working for a high-pressure translational medical research lab, where she has helped bring to market a new sleep aid called Somnolux. All of that is destroyed when she is assaulted and left in a persistent vegetative state. Her loving boyfriend and the detective assigned to the case both struggle to find her assailant and to bring Sherry back. Their research leads them to an array of unlikely suspects and to increasingly worrying discoveries about Somnolux. The surprise ending may make you wish you could never sleep again.
Review: Henry has a girl (Sherry) he loves and wakes one morning to find her bludgeoned in his living room and near death. What follows is a slow whodunit reveal that is unnecessary as anyone can figure out what is going on. The only surprising element to the story is Sherry’s true involvement in the Somnolux development and testing.
The writing was very good and the story, while predictable, was fairly inventive. The narrative was told from two perspectives, a female detective and Henry. These characters and others just failed to pull me into the story by capturing my attention/emotions. Henry comes off as extremely self-centered yet runs around proclaiming his love and devotion to Sherry. There is no movement within the story line that embodies both the development of the characters and their eventual burgeoning personas. There are clipped instances of emotive outbursts or internalizations that are supposed to reveal specific characterizations. What you get are one dimensional representations in a short period of time.