‘Are you happy in your life?’
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back.’
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
This book was so different from what I thought it would be but in a good way!
We open with Jason in the kitchen with his wife Daniela and his 15 year old son Charlie. Jason goes out to the pub to celebrate his friends award but on his walk back a man in a geisha mask comes up to him with a gun, tells him to get into the car which is just ahead and drive until he says stop.
Jason is terrified but carries on driving. They arrive at an abandoned power plant. Jason is told to strip and he feels a needle go into him. He starts to feel drowsy and as he starts to fall asleep the stranger asks him questions about his life, if he’s happy, what he calls his wife.
Jason wakes up on a gurney with strangers around him and celebrating his return. He is confused and scared. He has no idea what is going on.
I don’t want to give any details or spoilers away but this book is filled with twists and turns and I didn’t see any of it coming. I kept trying to predict what was going to happen but I never could.
I felt like I could connect with Jason Dessenand that he felt real. Although the only problem I had was that it started to get a bit complicated and a bit unrealistic in a way. The last couple of chapters honestly felt a bit like the ending of Inception like you can chose what you want to take from it, and it can be interpreted in different ways.
I really don’t want to give too much away because I really think this is well worth a read.
I would give this a 4/5.
If you want to have a read of it, you can get it here.