ARC Review

ARC Review: Pulse by Michael Harvey

Boston, 1976.

In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn’t know he’s there–he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley.

Detectives “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they’d seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother’s murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers’ past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Daniel Fitzsimmons, a 16 year old boy who suffered as trauma as a kid – but even at the start of the book, it’s clear to the reader that Daniel is also in control of an extraordinary power – a power that is a s confusing to him as it is to the reader.  

But when Daniel becomes a subject of a murder investigation that almost destroys him – it also ends up with the police digging into the past that he really doesn’t want known.  

The book starts off confusing, then my feelings moved to bewildered then to interested, moving on to shocked and lastly to a little bit closure at the end.  

The author had quite a bit of open ended plot to work with that he really doesn’t take time to make good use of – I think that’s why the start of the book through the first few chapters, made it very confusing for me as a reader – which honestly , for me is the foundation of the book.  

There are also quite a few things that the author should have explained through the course of the book & there are threads that should have been tied tighter together for the reader to enjoy a book that is different in its essence, to the fullest extent.  

Pulse is a psychological thriller with a foundation in physics and time travel – but is fast paced and complex ideas of souls, minds and the way human minds can be connected with each other.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .75



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