BOOK REVIEW: OBSCURA BY JOE HART

Posted May 9, 2018 by wildandw in ARC Review, Book Reviews, Release Blitz / 1 Comment

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Obscura cover
Title:
  Obscura
Author:  Joe Hart
Genre:  Science Fiction, Thriller
Publishing:  May 8, 2018 (Thomas & Mercer)
Source:  Little Bird Publicity and Thomas & Mercer

 

MY RATINGstarstarstarstar

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.

In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.

(Goodreads)

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I love a good thriller!  Obscura hit so many right notes & far exceeded my expectations.

Obscura is written by Joe Hart who is no stranger to thrillers and suspense!  Visit his website for more information about him and his other works.

Hart has a very easy writing style: smooth yet driving.  He paced this book so well!  Nearly the entire time, I was compelled forward with the absolute need to find out what would happen next.  If you ask me, that’s precisely what a good thriller should do!

I’m not going to lie… I had several misconceptions about this book going into it.  I can’t possibly give a better summary of this book than the synopsis because SO MUCH happens!  This is certainly more of a page-turner than I anticipated, but at the same time, the plot had some holes and seemed a tiny bit disjointed to me.  The lower review rating accounts for that.

For someone who isn’t a huge sci-fi fan, this storyline sat in a good place for me.  There was a good balance of science talk and suspense to hold my interest.

The POV and time hops (yes, be warned that the story bounces between different times) were also interesting!

I didn’t necessarily connect with any characters in particular.  I feel that a little more development of the characters would have aided that.  However, I enjoy characters that you love to hate, and there were a few that fit that category in Obscura.  There were also a few, though, that legitimately annoyed me.

Overall, I would recommend Obsura, especially to thriller and sci-fi fans!  The pace is by far the best part, so those who are looking for a fast paced, edge of your seat, read, this is a decent one!

Until next time… xo

*Thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.

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