31 Jan 2017



BACK COVER BLURB: True-life tale of how a brother and sister discover they are being used as lab rats in secret weapons experiments in London, England.

FIRST SENTENCE {CHAPTER ONE: THE STORY BEGINS # CYNTHIA IN BRUSSELS}: The story begins on my first day in prison (in February 2006).

MEMORABLE MOMENT {PAGE 110: FLASHING LIGHTS}: I know that these people don't like it when someone knows what they are up to, so I take a torch and start to signal back to the weapons testers myself, although I know nothing about signalling. At first they think I am the weapons operator, but much to their, displeasure, they soon work out that they have been spotted and that my sister and I know what they are doing.

SOURCE: Received for review from the authors.

READ FOR: Not applicable.

MY THOUGHTS: There are memoirs and then, well, there are Memoirs Of A Lab Rat. 

On the whole tightly written. Despite my misgivings that books written by more than one author do not always work, I felt the dual narrative, that of the lab rats of the title, brother and sister, Stephen and Cynthia Colson, worked rather well.

Gripping. A real page-turner, I eagerly awaited each sentence, each chapter, indeed, the turning of each page.

An incredible, some would say an incredulous story ... but then they do say that the truth is often stranger than fiction. I had to keep pinching myself that this wasn't a conspiracy theory novel (nor indeed a sci-fi novel), that some of the people/occurrences weren't merely metaphors for the perceived threats to the Western world, that this was a memoir of events as experienced by the authors. 

A book quite unlike any I've ever read before and one I enjoyed more than I expected. Whether or not you choose to disregard the facts as chronicled by the pair, to question their credibility, this is still a chilling read as, fearing for their lives, the pair come to the realisation that they are being used as guinea-pigs in secret mind-control weapon experiments. 


Sherry Ellis said...

This sounds like a compelling read! It certainly starts with a great first sentence.

Kelly said...

This sound fascinating! I love based on fact movies and wonder if this story has been adapted to one? (if not, I'm sure it will in time)

I might have to look into this one more closely.

Suko said...

Tracy, this does sound gripping. Great, succinct review!

Anonymous said...

An excellent review. This sounds
like a fascinating and chilling
book. I would definitely consider
it for my list.

Melliane said...

an interesting topic

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds interesting.

I have not read many books written by more then one author. I never thought of the concept in terms of quality. Come to think of it, most of the novels that I have read that were written by multiple authors all seem to have been badly flawed.

Karen Alderman said...

Oh wow - very interesting and compelling.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Right now, I don't this this one is for me, but would be fascinating at another time. There are so many stories out like this one that are so chilling because they are, at least, mostly true. Yes, I do think this one would be in the for later pile. :)

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've noticed a trend in multiple authors writing a book. Glad this one worked for you!

Gina R said...

Wow...can you imagine being in their situation? That's just mind blowing. How could someone do that to another human being? Sometimes this crazy world is simply that...crazy. Thanks for the share!