Publication date: January 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror, Psychological Thriller
The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong.
For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.
Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life’s obsession.
What readers are saying…
“…most definitely a recommended read, though it’s probably not the best choice for those with a weak stomach.”
“Gruesome and twisted. Awesome!!!”
“OMG this book. Holy heck the gruesome descriptions of blood and gore and guts was SO RAD. I found myself cringing and fidgeting and yes, even feeling a bit nauseous in some spots – but totally in a GOOD WAY! Painless was exactly what I wanted in a super-unique, creepy, shocking horror-thriller.”
Marty started writing short stories as a teenager, inspired as much by favorite books and movies as the environment and characters that define the South Shore of Massachusetts. The pull of the movies dragged him first to film school and finally to Los Angeles, where he poked at the outskirts of the industry with screenplays and short films.
As his interest in a film career fizzled, he rebuilt himself bit-by-bit as a programmer. He spent the next decade building websites, finally realizing that something had been lost. His stories were collecting dust in the back of his brain while he sat through conference calls and code reviews.
So he returned to the woods of New England and the calming darkness under the trees. He returned to find the things that crawl in the undergrowth and turn them into words on the page. He dusted off one of his screenplays and turned it into his first novel. In the process, a dormant storyteller was awakened and is now seeking the next blank page to fill.
Rating: 4 stars
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*
A freak accident leaves Greg Owens suffering unbearable pain, and heavily reliant on pills that ultimately cost him his family. Desperate for a way to put his life back together he agrees to take part in a clinical trial that claims will cure him permanently. However, Greg quickly realises that the revolutionary treatment is not all that it seems and the side effects may be worse than pain itself.
As someone who suffers from pain without the hope of a diagnosis let alone a cure the majority of the time, I could really relate to the desperation that Greg and the other characters are feeling. After years of suffering they are willing to give anything a chance if it might bring them relief. On the surface the hospital and its staff appear normal enough but it quickly becomes clear that the doctor’s in charge are more concerned with experimenting on their volunteers than curing them.
Painless is a complex and chilling novel delving into the physical and psychological effects that chronic pain has on a person and also what might happen if you suddenly take that pain away. It’s very graphic in places and certainly not for those with a weak stomach, but the unflinching description creates a very an atmospheric, although at times disturbing, read.