Apr 30 2018

Review for Obscura by Joe Hart

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 21 Comments

Review for Obscura by Joe HartObscura by Joe Hart
Published by Thomas & Mercer on May 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 348
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.

In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.




Can you imagine a world where an aggressive form of dementia is plaguing the world. It shows no prejudice of age or mercy? OBSCURA drops us right into that frightening world, one I never hope to see.

Dr. Gillian Ryan lost her husband, her young daughter is suffered greatly from the symptons too and her research is extremely epenseive and the money is running out. She is scared for her daughter and frustrated not knowing what to do. Gillian has been offered a job working with NASA in space working on their project they have going on. The job will take her away from her daughter, but when the missing is over she will have all the monetary resources needed to continue her work. And there isn’t anything a parent won’t do to save their child and in the process hopefully be able to save countless others.

Gillian agrees to the job, but she finds out quickly that things aren’t what they seem on board the ship, they a aren’t going where she was told they were going. So, of course she’s angry, I don’t blame her. She’s been lied to. When a body of one the crew is discovered dead, she is the #1 suspect and things pick up at a fast pace. Her POV takes us through the events both on board the ship and gives us snippets of an interview after the fact as well.

With the crew in stasis, Gillian decides to stay awake and work on her research and of most certainly clear her name. I really like this strong and determined woman, but with no human interaction and the sheer isolation aboard the ship, she begins to sense things, hear and see things that she doesn’t want to believe. Is she losing her mind? Or is something a little more sinister going on? It was great to sit back and follow her while all the pieces fall into place. Eerie and suspsenful moments run throughout this, and then there is of course the modern mystery that plagues Gillian. All this lead up to one freakin fantastic ending.

I will tell you, there is a lot of sciencey talk going on and while I didn’t understand most of it, I’ve never really read anything about the science behind telporartion but it was completely fascinating to read about. OBSCURA had all the right ingredients for a great psychological thriller, the suspense and eeriness alone had me turning the pages. I just had to know what was really going on out there in space. There are quite a few characters that I would like to smack up side the head, but there always has to be a villain I suppose, it does make for a great cast though.

Fans of thrillers like this with a little bit of science fiction mixed in will enjoy this one. I certainly did!





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21 Responses to “Review for Obscura by Joe Hart”

  1. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    Dementia is such a terrible and cruel thing that happens to people. I just can’t imagine going through it or anyone in my family. This does sound quite interesting, though I’m sure the science-y would go way over my head too. I’m glad you liked it!

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Dementia scares me so the idea of this book sounds absolutely terrifies me. It sounds like a fantastic and intense read though so I definitely plan to read it at some point. Great review Jenea!

  3. Greg

    I just went over and bought this, glad it’s coming out soon! Sounds very suspenseful!!!

  4. sjhigbee

    I have this one on my TBR pile, waiting to be read so thank you so much for the great review, Jenea – it’s really whetted my appetite!

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