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The Puzzle Master

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This was not for me. I had high hopes going into it but the religious references alongside murder just didn’t sit right with me. I was interested in the main character and his amazing abilities but that was all that intrigued me. Unfortunately, I will not be trying any other books by this author.

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This book was intriguing at the beginning but then it started to get boring and I honestly just stopped caring about everything that was going on. The action scenes should've picked things up but instead it made me even more bored some how.

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Mike Brink, a football player, suffered a traumatic brain injury that caused a rare medical condition. Now, he can solve puzzles in ways that other people cannot.

Jess Price, imprisoned for murder, has not spoken a word since her arrest. After she draws a puzzle, her psychiatrist calls in Mike to help out.. After meeting her, he becomings intrigued by her and her puzzle.

What follows is a quest to solve a puzzle of all puzzles. This book is a mash up of several genres: science fiction, romance, mystery, thriller, supernatural, etc. all of which I personally enjoy!

Original, thought provoking, and well written. 4 stars!

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Probably more like 3.5 stars. I definitely didn’t hate it, but it was not quite as thrilling or involved as a Dan Brown, which is the style I was hoping for. I enjoyed Mike Brink as a character and getting inside his brain a bit; but, the other characters weren’t quite as easy to know/care about as I would prefer. I will probably still read the second one since I’ve been granted access for an advanced copy, and hope for a but more depth.

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The Puzzle Master is a suspenseful thriller that follows a puzzle master who is asked to meet with an inmate, Jess, who killed her husband and has spoken since. The puzzle master is asked to meet with her because she has drawn “the god puzzle” that may have more to it than just one murder.

The story follows the puzzle masters as he attempts to unlock the secrets of “the god puzzle.” It was interesting enough, but didn’t have lasting impact on me.

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I can see how the hype existed with this one but it wasn’t one of my typical reads. Not to say that’s a bad thing sometimes but this went more towards religious and scientific matters that I kind of dazed away and kept losing myself to butterflies in the sky and the focus I had on the book. The pace and creep status was good but personally it just wasn’t my kind of thriller - you have to pay super close slow style attention and it kind of made me feel like a dodo.

Thank you random house and netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

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The Puzzle Master is the next suspenseful thriller from the author of Angelology, Danielle Trussoni. The book introduces the reader to Mike Brink, a man that suffers from savant syndrome after a brain injury he sustains from during a football game. Needless to say, Mike's outlook on life entirely changes as all he sees is puzzles. Everything he sees is framed in a puzzle format.

But the Puzzle Master isn't just about Mike Brink, this book is so much more. Cults, riddles, clues, religion, a dual gendered god, ancient mysteries, golems, and of all things... porcelain dolls. Each and every piece is centered around a murder where the suspect has become silent. Not only that, she has demanded to speak with Mike.

From the moment Mike Brink is pulled into the world of Jess Price. It isn't just a murder but his interactions with Jess pull him into a dream landscape he never anticipated, and the future of a world filled with promise as much as death.

The Puzzle Master isn't your normal run of the mill read. It has depths and layers where religion and science, past and future, dreams and reality all interweave to become a constant circle. I truly didn't know what to expect with the Puzzle Master.

To me the dream exchanges between Mike and Jess were some of the most fascinating scenes in the book. As I continued reading the fascination continued to grow and the Puzzle Master became so much more then I ever anticipated.

The book was eye opening and touched upon things I have considered but never really ventured through. In some ways it reminded me of the Davinci Code... but don't be fooled... The Puzzle Master is a unique novel that stands on its own.

If you enjoy thrillers that intertwine so many different fragments of ideals and make you think then I highly recommend The Puzzle Master. Until next time, Happy Reading!

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I tried to read this one a few times, however, I could not get into it. I do want to check out more from this author in the future. Thank you netgalley for the early copy

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Tbh I really need to start reading synopsis before reading books. So I thought this was going to be a murder mystery involving our MC Mike, who after a brain injury developed Savant Syndrome. Instead I got an insane story involving murder, golems, mythology, and the ultimate puzzle.
This story was absolutely wild. Jess is an author sentenced to prison for murder, and hasn't spoken - that is until she asks for Mike's help. Now Mike is thrust into the weirdest quest into puzzles, centuries old conspiracies, and a little bit of magic.

I don't even know how to explain this book without giving away so many spoilers, but if you like puzzles and intrigue, this book is a must read. The twists kept coming and by the time the dolls and the golems showed up I really just didn't know what to expect anymore. I also really liked the addition of the puzzles, transcripts, letters, etc in the story, it made the whole story seem much more alive. I am always a sucker for the added storytelling ways, it just really adds to the world building so much.

But definitely one to add if you're a Dan Brown fan, or just a fan of puzzle and thrillers in general!

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This is a fun thriller. It's a bit ridiculous, but you bet I'm going to continue with the series. It reminded me of a Dan Brown book. Mike Brink gets a concussion playing football. When he wakes up he sees puzzles and patterns everywhere. He is one of a few people with Acquired Savant Syndrome. When he is sent a piece of a puzzle from a mental institution he is drawn into a larger fight.

My biggest issue with the book is the Mike is very boring. He's a generic handsome man with an abnormal skill, but this does not equal a personality. He has a brilliant mind and eschews a PhD to create puzzles for the New York Times. I would honestly prefer a character based on an actual puzzle master like Will Shortz.

As for the rest of the plot, be prepared for a wild rid

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The Puzzle Master is an interesting book that is a combination of several different genres. It’s a thriller, scifi, mystery and even romance. It is about a football player who suffers a traumatic brain injury and then acquires the ability to solve difficult puzzles. The story is told from multiple points of view and in dual timelines so sometimes it seems a little tricky to follow, but overall, fun and exciting story!

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I am a fan of puzzles, so I just knew I had to read this! 🧩 But this book is bigger than just solving a puzzle - it’s part mystery, part thriller, part horror, part sci fi too! 🫠

While I did enjoy the story, I do have to say that at times it got too scientific and some of the concepts went over my head, hence the rating. If you’re into scientific and religious concepts, you may enjoy this one more than I did! 🤓

A big thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read and review this in exchange for my honest review! ❤️

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I really enjoyed this book. The story was hard to follow at times, but the premise kept me engaged throughout. Recommended to readers who enjoy puzzles, mysteries and thrillers.

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Took me awhile to get into because I had some trouble understanding what was going on but after a while I just started to like it , differently going to be doing a re read of this .

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This book was difficult to read. The general idea is there. This guy gets a head injury as a teenager and is then a savant at puzzles because he can see patterns where most can't, and then he becomes challenged when he meets a female inmate who communicates with him through puzzles. It feels like it should be The Silent Patient and Davinci Code mixed together, which would make for one amazing story if that is what this story was. Instead, we have a disconnected indivual who feels like he has socialization problems trying to communicate to you the innerworkings of a puzzle and the who thing feels . . . stale. Fake. Forced. Devoid of any real life. I need this book to wrap around my mind and my emotions, draw me in, make me want (no, need) to know the answers. I shouldn't want my main character to shut up because it sounds like they are trying too hard to sound smart, I want them to be smart and make me smarter because I actually understand what they are seeing. Like if I were reading a book about a doctor, I wouldn't want them to necessarily name every single muscle, blood vessel, etc. I want them to tell it to me like I am there doing it, even though I don't have the skills or knowledge to perform REAL surgery.

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The Puzzle Master opens with a unique puzzle constructor Mike Brink who years before suffered a high school football injury which left him with acquired savant syndrome. Brink sees patterns and can solve most unsolvable puzzles. He also has the superpower ability to remember everything he reads or sees. He becomes involved in a murder mystery and its convicted, imprisoned woman, Jess, who secretively gives him an image of a puzzle that may exonerate her. From there the expansion in story lines is widespread. The first part the book is engrossing, but a series of events, new characters – some dead, historical references, spiritual mysticism, old manuscripts, sci-fi threads, possible scientific connections – as well as golems, freaky dolls, quests for immortality, a maniacal billionaire mastermind, weird dreams, more puzzles, and a possible but strange romance bog down that compelling pace. The scientific, historical, and spiritual exploration especially is necessary to build a basis for the story’s premise, but the characters and story suffer with that much meshed together in trying to solve the puzzle and what it means for mankind.

I enjoyed reading this book, and I am grateful to Random House, NetGalley, and Danielle Trussoni for giving me early access. This opinion is all my own.

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Ooof, there are a lot of thoughts after finishing this book. For me, it hit a little low because there was so much going on.
At one point I did feel like it was a story about murder, puzzels, hauntings from different stories but all meshed up together here.

I think because of the ambition of the story the book overwhelmed me.

This was not the book for me.

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I really wanted to get into this book because I loved the premise, but I reallyyyy struggled to even finish it. It hurt my brain. I know it's supposed to be a puzzle, but it ended up being way too convoluted to follow.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I feel like this could of had a different title. Yes it does include this man, the puzzle master, for most of the story. But while he is a main character, the story itself is about so much more than you'd think with that title. Truths, perfection, immortality, gods, demons, technology, mystery, murder, intrigue, action, adventure. All in all I found it to be a four star read. thank you to netgalley for the proof to read before publication.

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This book was pretty good. It made me use my brain and pay attention. It reminded me mildly of Dan Brown type of writing. Mike Brinks story was so cool. I cant imagine being that smart and seeing numbers. I loved learning about his life. It was super interesting how he helped the lady in prison. I wanted to know what will happen next. Few parts did surprise me. the ending was okay.. The book cover is pretty as well. It was very interesting. I am so glad i read and annotated it. Also the pictures of puzzles and numbers made the book more interesting. I looked at it and try and solve it on my own. lol It was a nice read. Very grateful to NetGalley for the ARC. I recommend it if you like humanity, puzzles,life story, drama, universe, etc.

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