Enlightenment Project, The
by Lynn Hightower
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 25 Oct 2022
Cutting-edge science meets demonic possession: the long-awaited new supernatural thriller from award-winning author Lynn Hightower.
"Sensitive characterizations match the imaginative plot. Readers will compulsively turn the pages to see how it all ends" - Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Have you ever known anyone who survived being possessed? You do now. You’ve met me.
Noah Archer is a renowned neurosurgeon, with an impressive success record. He has a happy home, with his beloved wife Moira, their two adopted sons, and a dog who's a very good girl.
But Noah keeps a dark secret, shared only with his old friend Father Perry Cavanaugh. When he was just a boy, he was possessed by a demon - and it was only thanks to the exorcist priest that he survived.
Now, Noah works at the cutting of edge of medical science and religion, researching the effects of spirituality on the brain. His current research study - The Enlightenment Project - promises breakthrough treatments for depression, addiction and mental illness, and preliminary results are astounding.
But after a late-night emergency surgery, Noah returns to his office to find Father Perry waiting for him, with a terrible warning. The Enlightenment Project may not be closing the door to the darkness at all . . . but instead letting it in.
Demonic possession is now a recognized psychiatric condition, and the number of exorcist priests in the US has quadrupled in the last decade. As well as being a thrilling read, THE ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT is an intelligent and fascinating view into the complex worlds of both the medical and the supernatural.
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I absolutely devoured this book. This is a super-natural horror with a medical twist. Sign me up! I'm a pharmacist, so I especially enjoyed the anatomy parts. This book will make you cringe, scream, and hide. This is a great read and look forward to reading more by this author. Well done.
Thanks so much for the ARC!
Once I started reading I had to finish-- a real page turner. There were some scary moments and an eerie atmosphere.
Tash is a Very Good Girl.
Sorry, I already read and reviewed this book. Thought it was a new one by this author.
This was the review:
A scary, gripping, and riveting story that kept me reading. I loved. It's the first book I read by this author and I appreciated the style of writing and the storytelling.
It's got the right level of creepy, good character development and a well developed plot.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
I am so always down for a good demonic possession story. This book gave me everything I wanted. I loved the writing style, and felt myself completely drawn into the story. I desperately wanted to see how it would turn out. Would recommend.
Out of all the subgenres of horror, demonic possession is one that has always been top-tier scare material for me, so I was excited to read this book based on the summary. I work in the Science world, and being a horrorphile, this premise of the story was so unique! I am going to do more research into neurological studies and demonic activity now. I thought the book flowed well and kept me interested. There were just a few small details I would have like wrapped up in a better manner. The main character's previous instance of possession- we get glimpses of it, but I think there was more to be told there. Smallwood and the church- we know the town isn't happy with them over various things, but I would have liked more background there. And lastly, the ending to the book was not as action-packed as I would have expected, but I still enjoyed it. An aspect I did enjoy is hearing the some of the hospital day to day procedures (though I don't know how accurate it is), just about MRI machines and how much they cost and how the facilities set up use of them. Scare factor was good-especially with Henry's character, reminded me of the old film The Exorcist. All in all-interesting book, full marks for a fresh plot I haven't encountered before. Thanks, NetGalley and Publisher for the ARC!