Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn’t know he’s there–he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley.
Detectives “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they’d seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother’s murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers’ past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.
Pulse by Michael Harvey is about Daniel Fitzsimmons- a 16-year-old who has suffered severe trauma as a kid. And this trauma has also given him an extraordinary power called entanglement (you’ll learn about it in the book).
But Daniel is a subject of interest in a recent murder and the police are digging deeper into his past. Daniel has to be clever enough to achieve his goal and be discreet at the same time.
Let’s start with the plot. The plot has its own high and low. I loved the mystery, especially the ending. It’s open-ended and leaves the rest to the author’s imagination. The author seemed to get lost a couple of time, but then he got back to the path.
I am not a huge fan of the writing. Its a bit confusing and the twists aren’t placed at correct intervals. The blurb doesn’t give out enough, which made it easy for the author to play with the plots and the characters. There are very few characters and most of them are quite simple and predictable. The author also mentioned themes like quantum physics and entanglement. The plot also has a hint of a psychological thriller.
Pulse is a fast-paced thriller, that talks about the complexities of mind and the ways in which it deals with grief.