Friday, January 28, 2011

Delirious by Daniel Palmer

Book Details
Delirious by Daniel Palmer
Hardcover, 384 Pages
2011, Kensington
ISBN: 0758246641

One day, Charlie Giles is an up-and-coming electronics superstar. The next, he's a prime homicide suspect as his former employers are picked off one by one. Charlie watches his life unravel as his company and inventions are wrenched from his control, and his family is decimated. With nowhere else to turn, he enlists his schizophrenic brother to uncover the dark family secrets that lie at the heart of the unfolding terror. "Delirious" is a mind-bending story where the line between what is real and what is imagined twists and addictive literary puzzle that every reader will want to solve.

You know the old adage "Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you"? That's the theme of Delirious in a nutshell. Charlie is a highly successful, detail oriented man whose life begins to unravel. He's seeing things and hearing things that others can't. He's finding notes to himself, written in his own handwriting, that he doesn't remember ever writing. With a family history of schizophrenia, is seems likely that Charlie's sudden career crash-and-burn is caused by the development of a mental illness. Is someone setting him up, or had he truly begun to lose his mind?

In Delirious, you will never know what to expect. You'll be convinced Charlie's crazy, while almost equally sure he's the victim of an elaborate plot to make him appear insane. His paralyzing fear of mental illness is so deeply part of Charlie's personality that you'll begin to fear it right along with him.

While a thrilling novel on many levels, Delirious is a psychological thriller in the truest sense. What if Charlie's mind is the real enemy here? How do you convince people you aren't crazy when you don't know why, or even if, you've done the things you appear to have done?

Delirious combines technology (the project Charlie is working on is amazing), psychology, mystery and adventure into something truly terrifying. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Delirious when I first picked it up, but it proved to be a shocking thrill ride in which I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.


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