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Deprivation by Roy Freirich
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Deprivation

by Roy Freirich

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Freirich makes use of his screenwriting experience to give readers an easy to visualize, well paced story that kept me reading late into the night. When it comes to psychological thrillers, I gravitate toward stories that have a slow, building suspense where the boding premonition of bad things to come is a big part of the thrill experience. Deprivation is set, aptly, in a small waterfront community approaching the “end-of-season” visitor wind-down: shabby use-worn vacation rentals filled with half-hearted or overly boisterous holiday-goers mingling with tourist-weary locals. The perfect setting for just about anything to happen, right? The story is based on an interesting premise: What could happen if insomnia were to spread through an isolated community not adequately equipped to deal with the situation? Add to the equation a mysterious, abandoned child no one seems to know anything about and you have a human nature experiment not very different, in the abstract, from other fiction works likes William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies. Descriptively detailed and finely nuanced, the reader gets the impression early on that something is just not quite right. Told from the perspective of three characters – the veteran local police chief, the younger former psychiatrist now local GP physician for treating minor ailments and a visiting teenager – Freirich keeps the story on track, ratcheting up the suspense in sync with the growing fatigue/malaise/tension of the inhabitants. Yes, there are some shocking scenes (so be forewarned if acts of violence or depictions of self-harm disturb you) but the overall effect is hazy/muted, in keeping with the mental and physical toll the insomnia brings on our narrators.

Overall, a solid suspense/thriller story with a believable "what if" premise.

I would like to thank Edelweiss Plus and Meerkat Press for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
1 vote lkernagh | Nov 24, 2019 |
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