Published by Berkley on May 5th 2015
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Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton’s home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the city’s buildings, parks, and landmarks, as well as the people who once lived there. Including Dominic’s wife and unborn child.
When he’s not reliving every recorded moment with his wife in an endless cycle of desperation and despair, Dominic investigates mysterious deaths preserved in the Archive before Pittsburgh’s destruction. His latest cold case is the apparent murder of a woman whose every appearance is deliberately being deleted from the Archive.
Obsessed with uncovering this woman’s identity and what happened to her, Dominic follows a trail from the virtual world into reality. But finding the truth buried deep within an illusion means risking his sanity and his very existence…
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Plot: Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a gripping futuristic thriller pitting a hapless, depressed widower with the curiosity of a cat against shadowy forces who leave gruesome bodies as warnings.
The Characters: John Dominic Blaxton researches the Archive to confirm deaths, for insurance purposes. His job allows him the indulgence of reliving the life he shared with his wife Theresa, and John does so with regularity – though it’s been a decade, though he’s still seeing a therapist for his grief and depression. When his investigations turn up a young woman half-buried in silt, John can’t help but wonder who she is, how she dies. His curiosity puts his own life on the line, and John goes on the run. The only question is, from whom?
The Story: I read Tomorrow and Tomorrow in stages, and I don’t know why I didn’t inhale it like I usually do with books. It’s not because of the story, I can tell you that. Tomorrow and Tomorrow is engrossing – with its creatively real backdrop, tight plot-line, and imperfect characters. Every time I picked it up, I was lost in John’s world and John’s life. I could see the AdWare littering the landscape, the re-winds John makes to get the details right with each scene he investigates. It all played out in my head as I read.
Fans of the futuristic thriller will definitely want to pick this up.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
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