Jan 252012

The Placebo Effect by David Rotenberg 
Source:  Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Author’s website

Decker Roberts has the dangerous gift of detecting the truth (synaesthesia). But when his carefully compartmentalized life starts to fall apart he has to go on the run and figure out why he’s being targeted. There’s also a government agency hunting him down who seems to know everything about him and other people of “his kind.” How will Decker find out which truth was endangering his life? Who betrayed him and revealed all his secrets? Decker needs to find answers quickly, before knowing the truth turns from a gift into a deadly curse.

For me, the highlight of this book was the detailed descriptions of Toronto, a city I live not far from. It is unusual for a Canadian city to have such prominence in a book, and it was quiet refreshing. Most people familiar with Toronto will recognize most, if not all, of the locations mentioned in the story. It gave me a quiet thrill to actually know the places mentioned.

Getting to the actual story, I found Decker’s ability to be quite unique and very interesting. I have never before thought of how being able to detect truth could be profitable or rich. It is definitely an underused gift in the world of paranormal abilities.

I did find the story a bit confusing near the end as all the threads started coming together to form the climax, but they did coalesce nicely. The ending was satisfingly complete.

Challenges Read for:

The Canadian Book Challenge 5 – book

  One Response to “The Placebo Effect”

  1. strange sounding book
    tnx4 the review

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