“It takes only half a second…
…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.
“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.
Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21939160-contact)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Hallowed Ink Press for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was looking for a fast-paced book, and I found it in Contact. It just doesn’t let the reader go. When I first started it, I told myself, only ten minutes. I only managed to drag myself away from it thirty minutes later (that’s how long it took for the rational side of my brain to seize control and remind me that I had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning).
Mira is a very strong main characters. Most important of all, in my opinion, she felt human. She had moments when she was angry, when she was scared, when she was doubtful… And I loved that about her. I wish she was a real person, so I could be friends with her (no touching, of course). Speaking of no touching, it must have been terribly hard for her to spend her entire life avoiding human contact, something that we tend to crave and actually need. As for David, he was more and more likeable, but I do have to say that, compared to Mira, he came across as soft sometimes.
The secondary characters (Helen, Mira’s mother, Uncle Ramón and the Beitners) were also amazing. The ones that touched me the most were, for reasons that will be obvious to anyone that reads it, were the Beitners.
I loved the mystery part of the story. The author kept me guessing (and wrongly at that) until the end. And then, when the mystery was solved, the story launched into breathtaking action and more revelations (one of them made me disgusted, but read it and see if you wouldn’t be disgusted too). However, I don’t think I got all the facts I wanted, so I’m really hoping there is a sequel (especially if it means getting more of the Beitners. If they want a granddaughter, I’m up for grabs).
Rating: 4.5 out of 5