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Blackout by Erin Flanagan

By Pamelascott

In this unforgettable psychological thriller, the dark is a terrifying mystery for a woman on the edge.

Seven hard-won months into her sobriety, sociology professor Maris Heilman has her first blackout. She chalks it up to exhaustion, though she fears that her husband and daughter will suspect she's drinking again. Whatever their cause, the glitches start becoming more frequent. Sometimes minutes, sometimes longer, but always leaving Maris with the same disorienting question: Where have I been?

Then another blackout lands Maris in the ER, where she makes an alarming discovery. A network of women is battling the same inexplicable malady. Is it a bizarre coincidence or something more sinister? What do all the women have in common besides missing time? Or is it that they have in common?

In a desperate search for answers, Maris has no idea what's coming next-just the escalating paranoia that her memories may be beyond her control, and that everything she knows could disappear in the blink of an eye.


Maris covered the boneless chicken thighs with plastic wrap and whacked them with a kitchen mallet. CHAPTER ONE


(Thomas & Mercer, 1 July 2022, ebook, 303 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle, #AmazonFirstReads)



I really enjoyed Blackout. The book is told from the POV (point of view) of Maris as she struggles to stay sober and find the source of her unexpected and sometimes debilitating blackouts while trying to plead case when she's up for tenure at the University where she works. She keeps the blackouts a secret from her family as she's not 100% sure she hasn't been drinking even though she finds no evidence of it. It doesn't help that her husband and daughter know she's acting off and immediately suspect her of falling off the wagon. When she discovers the blackout aren't only happening to her she becomes determined to find out who's been tampering with their memories and why. This is page-turning and gripping.

Blackout Erin Flanagan

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