Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch

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Published in 2019 by Macmillan Books

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance.

Page Count: 326

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

A breath-taking exploration of memory and what it means to be human, Recursion is the follow-up novel to the smash-hit thriller, Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch.

What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

‘My son has been erased.’

Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different than the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious, new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories, and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey, as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift – the ability not just to preserve memories, but to remake them . . . at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

My Review:

Review copy provided by Pan Macmillan Australia, all thoughts are my own.

Wow that was incredible! I’d never read a Blake Crouch novel before, but only heard the best things – so I couldn’t wait to pick up this book and it’s honestly unlike anything I’ve ever read!

Right from the get-go, Blake Crouch didn’t stall the story or linger on detailed descriptions or anything, but gets right to the action! I was utterly hooked from the word go, the whole premise of ‘false memories’ being so unique- yet, why don’t they feel false to the people that feel like they have been living lies, when they can just recall every aspect of these false lives! It was just so addictive and fascinating but also kind of horrifying and I was definitely lost for words as this all came into play throughout the story.

Our main characters are Barry Sutton (a Detective, who is mourning the loss of his daughter and his separation from his wife and who also finds himself at the start of this novel, called to an impending suicide scene) and Helena Smith, a neuroscientist who wants nothing more than being able to preserve memories, all for her beloved mother, who’s own memories are quickly fading away.

I was instantly so drawn in by both of these characters, and I love how the story was predominantly composed of both their POV’s, it just made me feel all the more intensely drawn in to the story, feeling these characters emotions and determinations so fully!

From Barry’s grief about losing Meaghan, his feelings of guilt of being inattentive to her, to his relief when he finds himself…well, you’ll just have to pick up the book to find out what I mean 😉 but also, as things happen with Barry’s character, I just felt so involved! I couldn’t escape a feeling of foreboding, thinking some things couldn’t happen, maybe that some things could be too good to be really true and long lasting, but also just hoping that he can be happy after everything that he’d been through – clearly haunted by his own loss of Meaghanto being unable to help the woman who he’s called to try and save at the start of this book!

Then there’s Helena – her brave, amazing determination to preserve memories, all through this groundbreaking invention of hers – that she’s put every fibre of her being into seeing come to fruition, I could feel her passion and love for her work, her longing to succeed – her fear as a mysterious and slightly sinister character named Slade *shudders* comes into her life and seems to want to help her with this groundbreaking work and seeing it come to life even further, but is he all who he seems? Well, you must read this book to see how everything pans out!

Honestly, I’m still reeling – there’s no way that this book cannot stay with you! It is so fast paced, intense, edgy, action packed, with a perfect blend of science and a lot of emotional thinking about the power of memory and I definitely cannot wait to read Dark Matter!

A big thank you again to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this amazing book for review!

Happy Reading,


Have you read Dark Matter or is Recursion on your TBR? Drop a comment below!


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