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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Linsey, the main character in GPS: Murder Next Exit by Landon Wake, is once again late for an important event in her daughter's life. Her career had made her miss so many things, and this time Linsey wanted to make sure she would be there. She didn't want to miss her daughter's first violin solo during a school concert. After a confrontation with her boss, who wanted her to work longer hours once again, Linsey quits her job and drives off, hoping to make it in time. But then her car break down. It is dark, it rains, and Linsey does not yet know that this is only the beginning of her nightmare. A truck pulls up, but a man in yellow strikes Linsey down. When she wakes up, her car is fixed, but her life is not under her own control any longer. She has to follow the instructions that have been programmed into her GPS - if she doesn't, severe pain follows. Making it to her daughter's concert is now her smallest concern. Linsey is forced into acts she would never even have dreamed of and soon her own family is not safe any longer.
I found GPS by Landon Wake rather fascinating and disturbing at the same time; considering that the way Linsey was controlled isn't even that far-fetched when you think about the rapid advancements in science. It's an interesting topic: how far would a person go when their brain works against them and sends out the wrong kind of signals? How hard would it be to fight against your own brain? Would it even be possible? These are some of the questions I asked myself while reading this novel. I enjoy it when a book not only entertains, but also makes you wonder about the world and the people in it. I could easily see this book turned into a movie. It would be exciting to watch. I liked that it was a story in which things went really wrong for a main character, and that the solutions were never easy. It's a well done horror story worth a reader's time.