I have been something of a long time fan of David Sakmyster. He writes in an array of genres, smoothly transitioning from one to the other without missing a beat. BLINDSPOTS is the first psychological thriller I have ever read by him, and the best I can say is I was blown away, not just by the unique story, but also by the amazingly well-crafted narrative, character development and realistic dialogue.
The back cover synopsis reads:
It’s what you can’t see that matters. . .
Six strangers from across the globe, all afflicted with Prosopagnosia-a disease that renders the sufferer unable to recognize faces-find themselves drawn to a secluded Vermont clinic specializing in their condition. Once there, to the shock of their lives, these strangers find they are not only able to see, but somehow recognize each other. But before they can learn the amazing truth about their connection, they are targeted by a preternaturally-gifted killer who has been waiting, more than one lifetime, for their arrival.
First, I had to look up Prosopagnosia to see if it was even real. I could not imagine anyone suffering from “face blindness.” That’s what a talented author does. They take the obscure and rare and write about it, making it real. Sakmyster has not only done this. He nailed it.
BLINDSPOTS is captivating from the opening scene. In two sittings, I devoured this book. As the characters are introduced, each of the six suffering from Prosopagnosia has an engaging and messed up history. Their lives are far from normal. I loved them. You sense the danger they are in almost immediately. Each of them sees a news broadcast where –for once in their life– they actually can see the face of a person on the news. They can see eyes, and a nose, and a mouth –instead of just a blur of features. It is shocking to them. It gets stranger still, because something inside them clicks –and not only can they SEE that person’s face, they are sure that they already know them.
These people need to find out two things. Why can they see the face of the person on the news, and why do they feel like they know that person? A research facility works to collect the Six. They may be the only one with answers to the questions.
The journey to the facility is not simple. Digging for answers might be exactly what someone wants. It makes the Six easier to spot. Easier to find. Easier to kill.
But why? How could Six strangers pose a threat to anyone? How does killing random individuals with a shared, albeit unique illness effect the outcome of anything?