When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company's scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Transdiff Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Barnett’s debut drowns an intriguing premise in unrelenting pain and misery. Gaelan Erceldoune and Dr. Simon Bell have been rendered immune to death by powerful medicines. The plot centers on the disappearance of the eldritch book of medicine that explains the immortality potion; the book itself sounds fascinating, but its absence renders that interest moot. By intertwining multiple time periods, Barnett undermines any opportunity for tension or interest throughout the bulk of the narrative. No matter how horrifying or improbable the peril, the outcome has already been revealed. This removes the tension from scenes of bodily harm and torture, rendering them tedious and distasteful. The writing style is repetitive and derivative. The resolution is as unsatisfying as it is predictable. The author has taken pains to thoroughly research her ideas, but they are shallowly explored and hardly make an impact. Agent: Katherine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary. (Oct.)