Recursion by Blake Crouch reviewed.
A while back I read quite a lot of good reviews about Dark Matter by this author. Having read and enjoyed that I was not going to miss the opportunity to read Recursion, his latest book. It starts with Barry Sutton, a detective from Robbery, who is called to a woman threatening to commit suicide. She tells him she has False Memory Syndrome and can no longer live with the fact she thinks she has had two different lives. Is it an infection/imagination or what? Interesting.
Then we meet Helena some 10 years earlier than Barry’s event. She is researching memory and hopes to be able to help people with dementia. Is it possible that these two threads could be linked? Is FMS actually that or something planted/engineered If so how and will Barry try and find out more?
I quickly became completely engrossed in this tale. I liked the two main characters, Barry and Helena, a lot. Other characters were far more shadowy and, mostly, had little impact on the story. I found a couple of them mildly interesting however they never took flesh really.
This story plays with “memory” very well. If it is a subject that interests you that would be good. Rather like Dark Matter the book is quite disconcerting at times. It explores some fascinating concepts – memory, time, reality – but spookily. For me this spookiness worked well here in the main. Dark Matter had a very similar impact on me.
I found it both compelling and easy reading. I found the interplay of and between Barry and Helena’s lives very good. Up to around 75% in I loved this book. It was dark, thought provoking and edgy. Quite a bit of the last 25% felt far more suited to an “action movie” to me. Somehow it seemed out of character with the earlier part of the book. The end though – yes that worked. I’d happily read more from Blake Crouch and if edgy SciFi is you thing try this one out.
If you knew what was going to happen in the future what would you do?
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review