Brain Damage

Fiction - Thriller - General
398 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2017
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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

Charlotte McKenna has it all: a successful dermatology practice, a gorgeous apartment overlooking Central Park, and best of all, a handsome attorney husband. Her life is absolute perfection, right down to her spunky best friend, stable finances, and her cat, until she's shot one night returning home. The good news is that the shot didn't kill her. In fact, she both saw and heard her would-be killer. The bad news is that the bullet tore through the right side of her brain, and that's where the elusive details are to crack the case. Brain Damage by Freida McFadden is a different kind of mystery/thriller that will take readers on a different kind of journey than they're accustomed to in your typical mystery/suspense novel.

I enjoyed Brain Damage so much that I couldn't put it down. Charlotte McKenna is your typical thirty-something woman who is conflicted between her desires to have a successful career and starting a family, which is something so many people can relate to. The plot is exciting and intriguing, and Freida McFadden gives you enough details of the brain injury so that readers can understand it without getting bogged down in medical jargon. In fact, readers will learn a lot about how the brain works and the trauma and tragedy of brain injury in this novel. I also like that it focuses on Charlotte's desire to solve her own murder attempt while trying to recover, and how she connects with the other doctors and patients around her (especially one mischievous man who always seems to be around). Brain Damage is an exciting read that will take readers on a journey that's satisfying and thrilling. I highly recommend it.