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Reviewed by Thomas W. Peltier for Readers' Favorite
Painless by Marty Thornley was two-parts morphine, two-parts psychosis and two-parts chaotic derangement! It is a fabulous read for those seeking something with a steady build-up to an 'all hell breaking loose' finale. Join a group of chronic pain-ridden, ragtag pill-poppers as they take part in a clinical study to permanently rid them of their pain. Dr. Menta has developed a procedure to completely rid them of their pain…but at what cost? Nestled in an old live-in facility, way out of town, the doctors begin their procedures and one by one the patients begin experiencing a few side effects. They each begin spiraling out of control – mental faculties deteriorate, and then come the uncontrollable bouts of self-mutilation. And the fun really begins when they decide to go after the doctors that made them this way.
The moment I finished the prologue, I was absolutely hooked. Painless is unlike anything I've ever read. This author can write a scene with an artistic, almost poetic flow that captures emotion and serious horrific intensity. While I didn’t really identify with any of the characters in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed the original story line that is so fitting for this day and age. Marty was able to capture the essence of dysfunction among chronic pain sufferers and the grip Big Pharma has on them. From the sweet clinic dog turned raging psychotic beast, to exploratory self-mutilation, get ready for blood, gore, psychosis, a little more blood and then a healthy side of chaotic revenge. Painless is a spinal tap into the macabre that left me pinching myself to make sure I still felt pain. This author has a wonderful way with the written word!