Big Time

Mulholland. Mar. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780316305778. $29. SF
Allie Zerkofsky, a middle school teacher from New Jersey, doesn’t know why she has been kidnapped or where she is being taken. All she knows is that she will do anything to escape and get back to her young daughter. However, the further she gets from her home, the less of her life she can remember, and the more someone else’s memories begin to creep in. Grace Berney’s job at the Food and Drug Administration is steady and dull, until a photo of a young woman with memory loss and a unique medical device comes across her desk. Certain that Allie is in danger, Grace sets out to rescue her despite her boss’s warnings to back off. As the two women search for answers, they discover that the plot goes much deeper than either could have expected. Winters (The Quiet Boy) is an expert at gripping adventures that invite readers to ponder big existential questions. Here he explores the balance between scientific advancement and ethics, a timely theme.
VERDICT A fast-paced and thought-provoking speculative thriller with well-drawn and relatable characters. Give this one to fans of Blake Crouch and Mike Chen.
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