Delirious (Review & Giveaway)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Title: Delirious
Author: Daniel Palmer
Pages: 384
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Kensington
Release date January 25, 2011

Delirious is the perfect name for this psychological thriller from author, Daniel Palmer... after all, I was in a state of delirium the entire time I read this book -- engrossed, thrilled, and in a frenzy to find out where the story was headed, I read it late into the night and then late into the next morning. (Hey, running late to work every now and then isn't such a bad thing, right?)

Charles Giles, the main character, works high in the ranks at a large electronics firm after selling his own start-up electronics company with his technologically advanced product, InVision. Charles is proudly successful after overcoming a difficult past that included his father physically abandoning him after a psychotic break and his mother emotionally abandoning him to devote her energy into Charles's brother, Joe. First suffering from a form of epilepsy related to their father's abandonment, Joe falls in their father's footsteps by later being diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

In psychologically terrifying fashion, things start to spiral out of control and lead Charles to realize he is going crazy... I don't want to give it all away here, but let's just say strange things happen that have accompanying proof Charles did it -- and then it becomes more serious -- Charles's life comes crashing further down as his co-workers start dying and he becomes the prime suspect. Everyone believes Charles is guilty, and while he doesn't recall much, he is also sadly aware that with Schizophrenia running in his family and his being intensely overworked, he may be succumbing to the symptoms of a similar psychotic break. As the evidence against him continues to pile higher, Charles sets out to determine whether he truly is going crazy - delirious - or if someone is out to get him.

The author did such a fantastic job putting this story together. I spent the entire reading experience completely enthralled by what was happening and determined to read more so I could figure out where it could possibly be headed. One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the mental health aspect. It fit so perfectly into the story and added such an interesting dimension to the regular thriller. I also learned a little about musicogenic epilepsy, when a song triggers a seizure, that was fascinating. Palmer maintained a level of suspense that was well done and didn't seem forced at all. This book has also been referred to as "techno-savvy". I would say that's a fairly accurate description. I think I feared that it would be drenched in technological terms that would distract from the reading, but it wasn't like that at all, and really gave me some things to think about!

According to Daniel Palmer's website, Delirious is the first of a three book contract with Kensington all of which have some type of techno-focus. After reading this, I'm really looking forward to his next book which will reportedly explore the effects of "sexting". As a companion to Delirious, the author has created an InVision blog that takes place prior to the start of this book. The book comes out in January and you can pre-order it at BUT, for those of you interested, you can also enter here for a chance to win a signed ARC of the book. I know it's sort of late, but my goal is to have the book to the winner by Christmas just in case the winner wants to gift it to the mystery/thriller lover in their life... so I'll take entries until about Sunday night (12/19) and will aim at mailing out on Monday. To enter, please fill out the form below. E-mail addresses left in the comments section will not be counted.


Marce said...

I just agreed to review this one. From your review I made the right choice to accept, I'm looking forward to it now, great review.

I also enjoy stories that involve mental health with a thriller element, I'm sold.

Zibilee said...

The mental health aspect of this book also intrigues me, and I am really excited about this book now! Thanks for the great giveaway. I hope I win it!!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love books that delve into psychological disorders/illnesses, and this one sounds very tempting! Nice review.

Daniel said...


Thanks for your great review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Sorry it left you so "Delirious"... but I guess that was the goal! Hopefully my next novels won't make you late for work. :)

My best,


P.S. - The Prologue is available to view here! I'll be posting the first few chapters in the weeks to come to, so stay tuned!

My Website: Daniel Palmer Books

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