Author: T.J. Payne
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Joe works at a facility that performs human experimentation.
His work just followed him home.
The government wanted to unlock hidden abilities in the human mind.
They put subjects in extreme sensory deprivation.
All the test subjects went violently insane.
But the research continued.
Today it has been perfected.
From the author of In My Father’s Basement comes another chilling novel that’s a must-listen for fans of horror. Gruesome, gripping, and terrifyingly real!
Joe’s job at a secret government facility has its perks. It’s easy, cushy, and everything goes on routine. In the facility, his staff takes care of a handful of beings known as “antennas.” These antennas are humans who have been stripped of their consciousness while being kept alive. They’ve never really been dangerous, until one of the oldest antennas kills a caretaker. As things begin to spiral, and Joe’s daughter, Riley, connects to one of them, he’s left to wonder just how much of their consciousness actually remains beneath the surface.
This is the spookiest horror books I’ve come across so far this year.
The idea of consciousness and what lies beyond mixed with that of a hivemind is the stuff of nightmares. To me, this almost read as a sci-fi thriller with the secret facility. The last two hours of the audiobook really ramped up the horror though. There’s something about the image of a person being lost in their own body that’s truly chilling.
While the plot was fantastic and imaginative, it wasn’t the only thing I liked about this book. I also enjoyed the characters. Joe was very down-to-Earth and so was his daughter, Riley. Her slow decline into uncertainty was fun to read. Especially toward the end when I started questioning what was actually happening, and what was hallucinations.
Narration was chilling and made the story even more entertaining.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.