Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to review Brain Storm by Elaine Viets.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Brain Storm from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: Brain Storm
Author: Elaine Viets
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication: August 2nd 2016
Number of pages: 322
Where the book can be found: Amazon
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Angela Richman, Death Investigator
Brain Storm – Book 1
The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.
It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered…and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.
I have never been disappointed in a book before I started reading Brain Storm. I really had such high hopes for it by the Goodreads descriptions and then all of the 4 and 5-star reviews. I was like “Yes, this is going to be awesome to read” and it was for the first few chapters.
I enjoyed reading about Angela’s job, the community where she lived and her friends. The author did a great job setting up her backstory. Then the misdiagnosis and stroke happened and this is where the book took a nosedive. We got to read all about Angela’s recovery and her hallucinations. Which in itself wasn’t a bad thing but there was so much going on in the backstory!!!
Like the Angel of Death working at the hospital, the little boy dying because Dr. Gravois testified before the insurance company that he didn’t need treatment and the romance between Monty and Kate. But instead, the focus was on Dr. Tritt (named after Travis Tritt and did I laugh at that) and the accusations that he killed Dr. Gravois. Which, in my opinion, was silly.
The ending was really anticlimactic and I honestly didn’t have that “Aha” moment when the bad guy was caught. Maybe because said bad guy didn’t show up until 3 chapters before the end.
There were some redeeming qualities to this book, though. The author did know how to make a character come off the page and she knew how to make you care about the main characters. Which is huge in a book.
How many stars will I give Brain Storm? 2
Why? While vividly written with characters that came to life, the plot fell short. There were so many red herrings that when the bad guy showed up, at the end of the book with very minimal foreshadowing, it confused me.
Will I reread? No
Will I recommend to family and friends? No
Age Range: Teen on up
Why: Minimal violence, no sex and some pretty gruesome descriptions of a car accident.