My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Suspense
Book Description: Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you. Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner. Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.
My thoughts: DiSemblance explores the concept between illusion and reality. How far will someone go to attain a level of immortality? Who will he kill or destroy in the process?
Jason is caught in the investigation concerning a serial killer named the Comfort Killer. He kills those who are terminally ill. Providing a coffin and cash for the grieving family. Somehow Jason's father is set up and accused of being the killer.
Jason knows that this is not true. He knows that someone is after his father's research and scientific discoveries. He knows that he must protect the research at all costs. This leads to him running from the Detective who is on his side and trying to help him.
This book took some unexpected twists and turns. It was hard at times to differentiate between reality and illusion. Things are not as simple as they appear. There are many layers of plot and plotting riddled throughout the story.
I enjoyed the complexity of the characters. The loyalty of Jason to his father, brother, and friend from across the street are great attributes to see in a teen. He is put into many trying and taxing situations and keeps a level head. The detective, Bruce, is facing some tough trials at home, but still remains devoted to his job and helping solve the mystery. He doesn't take the evidence at face value. He chooses to dig deeper and uncover piece by piece the truth. It's hard on his marriage, but he knows a life is in danger and continues.
There is a little innuendo, but it is a fairly clean read. I would suggest for ages 16+.
Read an Excerpt
Jason lunged, grasping the barrel of the gun with both hands. The large man countered, wrenching it back. Jason yanked, but his attacker would not let go. The gun jerked violently between the two aggressors, twisting back and forth as they struggled for control until—bang!
Jason released his grip. The large man gulped hard and stepped back. Jason felt his knees buckle, and he dropped to the ground. His shirt sagged with blood, his head light. He glanced at Boston. She was screaming and struggling to get free of the ropes that bound her so she could get to him.
“Riggs! What’d you do?” the small man yelled angrily as he sat up rubbing his head. “Paden’s gonna kill you.”
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