|Flashback (2005) [Novel]|
by Gary Braver
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(From the publisher):
If you could relive your childhood, would you? What if you had no choice?
On a trip back to Cape Cod on the 30th anniversary of his mother’s drowning, Jack Koryan, a prep school teacher turned restaurant owner, is stung by a school of rare jellyfish whose toxins send him into a coma for several months. When he awakens, he finds that the jellyfish toxin has left him with extraordinary memory. But he is also haunted by dreams and flash-memories--some of pleasant childhood vignettes, others of dark violence that leave him quaking in horror.
Jack wonders if he’s losing his mind, but that fear is dispelled by Rene Ballard, a pharmacologist who is testing those same toxins on Alzheimer’s victims with extraordinarily successful results that could lead to a breakthrough cure—though some patients have also committed acts of inexplicable violence.
Together Jack and Rene explore a scientific mystery to help explain what is happening to Jack at the same time uncovering a sinister pattern of lies, deceit and greed that has left behind a trail of bodies. And several elderly patients who are stuck in a past that they cannot emerge from—or don’t want to.
Original title: Flashback
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Medical Horror & Evil Science