Tom's life is not what it once was. His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say so. His best friend - and best man - Neil has moved away to California to teach neurology and he barely sees him. He has one successful book - on human psychology - but he now wiles away the time trying to teach bored grad students things that they are often not equipped to understand.
But that all changes when Neil comes back into his life. For it seems that his best friend was no teacher - he was working for the US government, cracking the minds of suspected terrorists. But now it is Neil himself that has cracked and gone AWOL - what's more he has left behind evidence that he has been employing his unique skills on civilians - obsessed with the idea that he can control the human brain.
Thus begins a terrifying sequence of events as Neil starts to kidnap and mutilate people with a connection to Tom. He damages their brains selectively and then releases them - often leaving them mad. But it is only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan...
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"A techno-thriller where the sheer brutality of some events has an impact precisely because there seems to be a point being made by it. And it works on a sub-textual level, as the big questions of identity are echoed by genuine shocks as to the identities of characters." (Anthony Brown STARBURST)
This book has emotionally hurt and disturbed me in a way none has done in many years. You should think twice before reading this - there could be some scientific and philosophical possibilities you don't want to know! (Thomas Metzinger, author of Being No One)
has all the nastiness of the current fashion for gruesome thrillers, one very good late plot twist, and - what gives it a kind of sf sensibility - intelligent debates about the nature of consciousness, autonomy, identity, desire and the degree to which the mind is no more than a manipulating machine. T H Huxley meets torture porn. (Andrew McKie THE TELEGRAPH)
"A gripping, occasionally queasy thriller that's part slasher fiction, part neuroscience primer. Bakker throws in enough twists and reversals to keep our brains working overtime right to the end. Bakker proves that real, hard science is bigger, better and a whole lot scarier than anything our imaginations can come up with." (Paul Kirkley SFX)
Prepare yourself for a serial killer who will get inside your head. Literally.
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