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Blind Spots

A Novel

by Thomas Mullen

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Blind Spots by Thomas Mullen
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    Apr 2023, 320 pages


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highly recommended crime novel set in a dystopian world
Blind Spots by Thomas Mullen is a highly recommended crime novel set in a dystopian world where everyone is blind but can see through a device.

Seven years ago everyone in the world eventually went blind when the Blinding occurred. Technology came to the rescue creating a device called a vidder, a metal disc implant in the temple that approximates vision for people by downloading visual data directly to people’s brains. Mark Owens is a homicide detective who has been on the force before the Blinding. When a scientist is murdered and the perpetrator was invisible to the witness, detectives are dubious that the witness is telling the truth, until Owens actually "sees" the black blob when he witnesses another murder.

Clearly someone has hacked the vidder and can manipulate what people see. Owen must conduct an investigation in which he can’t even trust his own "eyes." How do you investigate when your perceptions of reality can be manipulated and you can't trust what you think you can see?

Blind Spots is a compelling science fiction/dystopian crime novel that features a detective searching for truth in a world of surveillance and disinformation. Mullen provides plenty of details to develop the world he has created and the addition of the crime that must be solved adds another element that helps hold your attention. The crime is complex, as is the backstory and all the details. The plot moves at a steady pace and is interesting throughout. This mix of a procedural with a dystopian will be appreciated by a wide variety of readers.

Owens is a fully realized, complex character and has a backstory that makes him very sympathetic and interesting. The story unfold through his point-of-view as well as that of other characters. Owens is a thoughtful, careful, and intelligent character who you will trust to solve the case/puzzle of the blurry figures.

There are some slower parts of the plot, but that shouldn't deter you from reading this excellent novel. The combination of a police procedural with a cautionary tale about technology and government control rings true.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Minotaur Books via NetGalley.

Blind spots
Blind Spots is a crime novel by Thomas Mullen that was published in 2022. The novel is set in a world where everyone has gone blind, and it follows the story of homicide detective Mark Owens as he investigates a series of murders that seem to be linked to the Blinding.

Mullen does a great job of creating a believable and suspenseful world in Blind Spots. The novel is full of twists and turns, and it will keep you guessing until the very end. Mullen also does a great job of exploring the themes of trust, identity, and the nature of reality.

Blind Spots is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that is sure to please fans of crime fiction and science fiction. If you are looking for a novel that will keep you entertained and engaged, then I highly recommend Blind Spots.

Here are some of the things that I liked about the book:

The plot was well-paced and suspenseful.
The characters were well-developed and relatable.
The setting was vividly described.
The themes were thought-provoking and explored in depth.
Here are some of the things that I didn't like about the book:

The ending was a bit anticlimactic.
Some of the plot twists were a bit too predictable.
Overall, I really enjoyed Blind Spots. It is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that is sure to please fans of crime fiction and science fiction. If you are looking for a novel that will keep you entertained and engaged, then I highly recommend Blind Spots.

Blind spots
Mildly interesting.
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