A great read...
A gripping psychological thriller that brings you along for the ride with a wounded protagonist who has a painful past. James is just trying to make his way in life, dealing with last traumas and finding in a niche in life where he can just be "normal". All is going well until someone from his past turns up on the scene, and he has to face the horrors of the past he left behind. This book is something that reads as a true page turner, and you find yourself going down the same dark path as James as the twists and turns come out of nowhere. I would have liked to have seen more from James past, as the flashbacks are detailed and portray a story where you want to know and read more, but I appreciate that would have made this too long to be just one book. A very surprising ending that makes you understand James in a completely different way. Great read!!!
You're in for a great ride!
I just finished reading this book, and I have to say, I'm speechless. This book really was a thrill ride, from start to finish! As I was reading, I was excited to see how the events from the past and the present were combining together for an exciting and dramatic conclusion, and I could see the pieces fall into place; much to my surprise, my pieces weren't even on the correct board! The ending was truly unexpected, and I think that's part of what made the book so great. The storytelling and suspense was excellent.
I will say that the book does deal with a fair bit of domestic violence and assault, just as a caution in case that is a topic you may be sensitive to. Other than that, I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you're looking for a great thriller!
One of the best books I have ever read. Intense, exciting and thrilling. A must read!!!
Good read yet somewhat predictable.
A Real Page-turner!
I have not been a big fan of psychological thrillers, but when I began reading this novel I was immediately intrigued. Within the first few pages I was glad a friend had recommended this book. The deeper I got into the story the more difficult it was to put down, finishing it in 3 nights. Although some might describe the tale as dark with a macabre ending, I think it serves as an example of the struggles faced by those with a deeply troubled past.
Excellent Thriller That Will Keep You Guessing! A Must Read!
This is a really good thriller. I couldn't stop reading it! It blew my mind with it's many twists and turns and I really didn't expect that ending. I love surprises, and I got many with this book. I can't say enough good things about this story, I truly loved it. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
I love psychological thrillers!
It fascinates me how the mind works. I enjoyed the story. I thought there were twist and turns that kept me invested. The characters were strong and consistent. The plot was well worked out and great pace throughout the book!
Read this book!
Comorbid by Lorelei Logsdon is a can't put down, page turner of a thriller. The book follows James, a troubled and confused man dealing with demons from his past, as he struggles with the memories of an abusive father who killed his mother and the mysterious stranger who intervened to save James from the same fate by killing his father then disappearing. The stranger, Alistair, reappears in James life and the book follows James as he tries to deal with his feelings about Alistair and his fear that Alistair's reappearance could cause trouble for James and his friends. Alistair and James form an unlikely friendship with Alistair bringing James out of his shell and introducing him to new experiences that James would never have tried on his own. There are unexpected twists in the story, and an ending that will have you rereading to see what clues you missed. I was given a free copy of this book, but that did not influence my review. I highly recommend Comorbid to anyone who enjoys a very good thriller.
Look out for Lorelei Logsdon
What can I say? I can say it was easy to read. What I can't say is, it was easy to put down; it wasn't. With correlations to a few of my favorite authors-this is a page turner!
I usually find that a lot of psychological thrillers don't actually contain that 'thrill' that they advertise. No such problems here. I thought that I had guessed where the story was going - not just once , but twice - and I was wrong on both occasions.
Well written, great characterisations, more twists and turns than Lewis Hamilton, and a cracking ending. I felt like a fish on the end of a hook getting pulled along...I just had to keep reading.
An interesting read.
Others have stated that they could not put the book down. I am not in that camp. While it compelled me to finnish the book, it was not an all driving emotion. There are some non-flehed out areas in the book but they did not really distract one from the plot. A very interesting twist to finnish.
I was unable to put this book down.
I was unable to put this book down. It contributed to my insomnia because I didn't want to stop reading. The ending was such a surprise, I didn't see that coming. I can't wait until the next one from this author.
This book is a cure for those currently suffering through a bad novel.
Slick psychological story telling by Logsdon. An enjoyable read from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed reading this, James was such an interesting character and I felt bad for him whenever Alistair came into the picture. The one thing I will say is that as the story went on I figured out one of the twist before the end. I did enjoy the story and look forward to more from Ms. Logsdon.
What an ending! Great Book
I was not expecting that ending! Wow! But when you get to the ending it all makes sense. You get why everything was happening and why you felt a little confused about some of the decisions James made. This book was very fast-paced. I started really reading it last night and finished the next night. It's hard to put down because you want to know what's going to happen. James was a very well thought out character who I empathized with, I felt his pain and why he suffered so much in his adult life. All of the characters were well done and this was well written book.
My only complaint was just as I was getting into the book it ended. I really would have enjoyed delving more into the ending twist. Overall great book with many twists and turns and worthy of being called a psychological thriller.
Re-awakening of a genre
Suspense was a genre of writing I has long since given up on and I wasn’t honestly sure what to expect from this book. I have to say without a doubt, for me, this book has re-energized me. Being a fan of true crime, this book was as close as I could get and even knowing it was fiction I was drawn in. The book turns, then turns again and at sometimes I felt as if my own mind was being toyed with. Everything you think you know about James, Alistair and the violent events that unfold early in the book are questioned. I’m actually about to re-read it and I’m looking forward to more from this author.
Very well written. Keeps you on the edge.
You will be amazed at this story!
I am an avid reader of all genres and I can tell you that CoMorbid was one of the most unusual, unsuspecting books I've read in a long while. Usually, I can figure out "who done it" but not with this book. If you place yourself in the main character's role, there is this insidious down the rabbit hole progression. You ask yourself, "could this happen to me or could I do this under the circumstances" even if it is for just one moment. You have to read!
A Rare Treat
Not every writer who can begin a book with an explosive scene and follow up with writing that garners genuine interest and ever-heightening suspense. Lorelei Logsdon does just that in her debut novel. Sure to be an instant hit with thriller aficionados and the general reader as well. Two thumbs up!
I'm usually a good fantasy or sci-fi kind of guy...
Not specifically in my wheelhouse of a read, (I'm usually a good fantasy or sci-fi kind of guy) but that's what made it good, because it kept me interested enough to read all the way through.
Comorbid was a psychological thriller that had me intrigued the entire book. The characters are developed in an thought provoking manner. The main character goes through some interesting events. No spoiler here, but there is an fascinating twist to the story. It’s book you don’t want to put down, so be prepared to carve out some reading time.
I loved this story
I loved this story! Comorbid is very well written with an intriguing plot that twists and turns, keeping you hooked until the very last line. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.
Psych Thrillers have a new author and her name is L. Logsdon! Read this book and prepare to get hooked.
This book is lived through the eyes of James and without giving anything away it reminds me of the first time I was introduced to Alfred Hitchcock as a child. It's a psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages. You can empathize with James, in fact you are there with him as he goes through his story. It's tense, gripping, and complex. Get this book and jump into a story that will keep you up wanting to know more!
I certainly hope Ms. Logsdon has more books on the way. This was a fantastic debut!
A fascinating main character, lots of WTF moments, freakish creepy moments - and glorious ahaaaa moments
Logsdon's 'Comorbid' is a stellar addition to the psychological suspense genre. About halfway through, you'll think you've worked it out. And then you'll realize you haven't. Then you'll think you know what's going on again - and then you'll realize you haven't. It's really hard to describe more about the book without giving too much away.
What I can say is: fantastic, well-developed characters, a well-paced plot, and a complex, satisfying narrative make this a really great read.
I found myself continuing to think about the story and the characters (ah! the characters!) for a couple of weeks after I'd finished it - which in my opinion is always the hallmark of a great book.
Unexpected ending for me
Okay so I quite enjoyed this book, I did not guess the end which is a big plus for me, sadly though by the time I got to the end I was just getting properly into it and could have read a lot more.
I'm not one for going on and on about the characters or plot of a book but I will say this book is well worth a read if this is the genre for you
Overall I did enjoy this book
Dexter meets Shutter Island
The writer draws you in immediately and keeps you on the hook right to the end. She utilizes short sentence structures in keeping with the fast paced story line without sacrificing sofisticated vocabulary choices. Use of flashbacks is often a tricky device but Logsdon employs the technique expertly to fill in the back story and provide much more than a basic linear plot. The twists and turns make for a great story. Looking forward to her next book.
If you like to be scared (just a little), intrigued (a lot), kept awake because you can't put the book down (too many times), or surprised (big time), then this is the book for you.
Lorelei Logsdon has given us a wonderfully written story that holds your attention from start to finish. Once you know the ending, you'll want to start all over again just to see what you missed the first time around. I can't wait to see where Ms. Logsdon's next adventure takes us.
A Roller Coaster Ride
Comorbid is a fast-paced story that twists and turns and keeps the reader off-balance. Lorelei Logsdon builds her world through the eyes of James, a troubled character with a tragic background, and in flashbacks that are relevant to the main story.
As we follow James through his day-to-day life, there is a constant sense of unease underlying everything. With Alistair's reappearance, James' life becomes a roller coaster ride of violence and paranoia. The author does a good job of portraying his feelings of disconnection from the world via his environment (James' basement apartment and cubicle at work) and attempt to befriend Mark.
A fast-moving, enjoyable psychological thriller!
Fantastic read-couldn't put it down!
The author is an extremely skilled writer. Although my usual preferred genres are non-fiction, this was a wonderful exception. I read this book easily in 5 days, and she left me hanging deliciously at the end of every chapter so I didn’t want to put it down. The final twist is brilliant, so I immediately went back the beginning with a whole new perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Comorbid, and cannot wait for Ms. Logsdon’s next book!
A Literary Feast!
It's been two weeks since I finished this book and it still haunts me. Powerful writing, rich characters and wait until you read the ending.
This is more than a psychological mystery it's on a whole new level. This is a literary feast. I hope Ms. Logsdon has another novel up her sleeve. She left me wanting more.
Oh! Say What! Choose Comorbid!
This is an "Oh!" book with a "Say What!!!" ending. Details will not be shared beyond the synopsis lest the story be spoiled, so let me just say that the writing and word choices are very good, scenes beautifully described, story line builds, and parts earned audible gasps and responses. People around me asked, what are you reading! Suffice it to say that the synopsis gives you what you need to peak your interest and the book fills in blanks and creates scenarios you never expected. As I write this review, the book again plays out in my mind, bringing excitement, creepiness, shudders of fear, and wide-eyed shock. Yes, the price is a bargain for that kind of thrill. Buy. Enjoy. I am going to need to read this one again.
I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense of not knowing who the mysterious man is who keep coming into James life throughout the story. I was kept enthralled trying to figure out just who this person could be. The story kept me involved and wanting to continue to read it, even when I couldn't take any more time to do so until later. I was so totally shocked and surprised to realize that James "protector", Alistair, was <SPOILER REMOVED>. I did not suspect this throughout the entire story. It surely kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for more enthralling stories by Lorelei Logsdon!
I found this an interesting book, but it was quite short and I didn't feel like the complexity of the characters was fully developed and that left me feeling quite upset at the end of the book.
I was surprised by the twist at the end, I think I saw it coming, but I wasn't totally sure, as I felt that I didn't know the characters as well as I had hoped to, so that I could work through the different emotions and see what was coming.
An enjoyable book, but lacking in depth from my perspective!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it was a truly gripping psychological thriller, and it actually had an unexpected twist at the end!
I really liked the way the alternate chapters clearly switched between James and his mother, through the well-paced twist-packed plot. Also the characters were well developed, somewhat relatable and highly intriguing. It was very difficult to put this book down.
A man struggles to manage the dark trauma of his youth, and the havoc it continues to wreak on his adulthood.
When James Davis was a young teen, he suffered under the abusive tyranny of his father, Frank, an irredeemable alcoholic. James’ father eventually turned his anger toward his wife, Brenda, and he finally killed her in a fit of rage. But then a mysterious man charged into the house and strangled Frank to death. James’ rescuer, Alistair, demanded that his part in the tragic affair be kept a secret, and the teen obliged. Years later, James is lost in shiftless ennui, stuck in a dead-end job, and utterly alone. He finally makes a friend at the gym, Mark, who convinces him to see a therapist, the young and beautiful Natalie Pruitt. For the first time in years, James feels a tinge of hope that he might be able to turn his life around, and find a sliver of animating purpose. But then, Alistair inexplicably shows up, and aggressively inserts himself into James’ life. It’s not clear whether Alistair intends to help James repair his broken existence out of some avuncular impulse, or use him as an instrument for his own twisted ends: “Because of a moment in time of their shared past, Alistair was a part of him, for better or worse, and James knew he would never truly be free.” But James is scared for his life, and for the lives of those close to him, as suddenly there seems to be a killer at large in this previously sleepy Maryland suburb. Debut author Logsdon adeptly captures James’ troubled childhood, intermittently flashing back to scenes from it, while also including narrative vignettes depicting the volatile relationship between his parents. At one point, the young James muses about Frank’s cruelty: “The man knew how to make his verbal assaults cut like a knife,” right in Brenda’s “most vulnerable places.” This is a sepulcher tale, and squeamish readers may struggle with some of the grim details, vividly conveyed, about abuse and murder. But the author slowly, chillingly leads readers to a suspenseful conclusion that makes some forbearance of the book’s gloomier aspects well worth it. This is an unpredictable and heart-pounding mystery.
A psychological thriller about an enigmatic killer that’s both inventive and unflinching.
Absolutely loved this book, especially the twist at the end! A real psychological thriller. Usually I can predict the ending but this left me guessing until the very end. Would recommend this book to everyone, very good storyline, couldn't put the book down. I particularly liked the way it made it clear when the narrative switched between James and Brenda so it was very easy and fluid to read. Hope to read more from this author.
Usually I am disappointed when books claim to be a psychological thriller as they don't quite 'thrill' me. In this case I was pleasantly surprised and found myself unable to put the book down as I needed to find out what happened in the end. Sometimes flashbacks and switching between character's point of views can be used as a plot device just for the sakes of it, but in this case it really helped bring the story together. The ending was predictable for me and I did pick it early on, but it didn't take away much of the enjoyment.