Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Club MEDicine" by Jack Kinsley

What drives a reasonable man to commit murder?

Travis Martin was the great American success story. A former addict who started the premiere private rehab in the hills of Malibu, California, he had it all: a thriving business, a beautiful wife, and a daughter who was the center of his universe. Unfortunately, when his recovery took a nosedive, everything he built went right along with it. Now, he has a rehab filled with eccentric clients he's expected to keep sane, a dark secret he's desperate to keep hidden, and forces from his past that are determined to strip him of anything that remains.
What's a self-made man to do? Backed into a corner, Travis finds himself stuck on one moral question: Can he commit murder in order to keep it all from slipping away? How far down the rabbit hole will he go? And, perhaps more importantly, how does he come back from it after that life is gone?
Part thriller and part redemption tale, CLUB MEDicine explores the heart of darkness within us all as one man balances on the razor's edge between self-actualization and self-destruction.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rehab thrillers can be tricky things, often focusing too much on rehab and less on thrilling the reader. At times they can read like textbooks on the psychology and detox of an addict, which is a little too Intervention for me. Thankfully, Club MEDicine is not like that!
A man who is really not that likable is at the center of a dark secret, a secret that might drive him to murder. This is very psychological, getting inside the mind of a man backed into a very dark corner. You are taken into a dark heart; the heart of a desperate man.
Unfortunately, there isn't much more to go with the suspense. The main character is interesting, but the supporting characters are a bit lacking in excitability. I would have liked to see more facets and quirks of those around Travis to give the book a more realistic feel to it.
A good, quick read that many will enjoy.

3/5--very good work!

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