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Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his o Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley. Detectives "Bark" Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they'd seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother's murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers' past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.


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Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his o Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley. Detectives "Bark" Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they'd seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother's murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers' past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Taking place in Boston during 1976, this is an edgy police procedural that feels new. It explores the links between quantum mechanics and consciousness. And no, no one understands what that is least of all me. Pulses of energy and light which can be channeled by the mind? Possibly. A trippy tale of suspense, this novel reads like a mashup of Dennis Lehane and Stephen King with a potentially ambiguous ending depending on how you choose to read. I’d suggest that you just go along for the ride.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is one of those books that must give publishers the vapours. Police procedural? Sci-fi? Mystery? Grit-lit? Well….yes, it is. All of the above. So instead of trying to label it, I’ll do my best to describe this heartfelt & thought provoking read. The first book I read by this author was the fabulous Brighton, a book that remains on my Top 10 of the last few years. This one is very different but similar in all the ways that matter. It’s essentially the story of 2 pairs of brothers. One is rel This is one of those books that must give publishers the vapours. Police procedural? Sci-fi? Mystery? Grit-lit? Well….yes, it is. All of the above. So instead of trying to label it, I’ll do my best to describe this heartfelt & thought provoking read. The first book I read by this author was the fabulous Brighton, a book that remains on my Top 10 of the last few years. This one is very different but similar in all the ways that matter. It’s essentially the story of 2 pairs of brothers. One is related by blood while the other pair are bound by shared history. Daniel & Harry Fitzsimmons have been looking after each other since their mother died 8 years ago (Dad took a hike much earlier). They couldn’t be more different. Golden boy Harry is a football star at Harvard. He’s a straight arrow who’s determined to use his situation to provide a better life for both of them. Daniel is an insular 16 year old who will never be one of the cool kids. Instead, he hangs with fellow geeks Ben & Grace. Daniel knows he’s different. Sometimes he sees things when he touches other people, when he “entangles” his mind with theirs. It can be their darkest secret or an event that hasn’t happened yet. Either way, he always feels a pulse & knows a tiny piece of himself has been changed. Daniel ends up renting a room from the mysterious Simon, a self professed ex-professor of quantum physics. He’s an odd duck who believes human beings transfer information across time through pulses of light & touch. And he seems to know waaaay too much about Daniel. Things are ticking along until 1 fateful night when Daniel gets a premonition & ends up stumbling across Harry’s body in one of Boston’s seedier back alleys. Tommy Dillon & Barkley Jones are “blue” brothers, detectives & partners with the Boston PD. Barkley is a black man who’s all too aware of the racial tension simmering in Boston. It’s 1976 & only 3 years since schools became integrated. Bark is the voice of reason in the partnership, trying to keep a loose rein on the volatile Tommy. So it’s more than a little disconcerting when a woman touches him on the street one day & he feels an odd pulse. And the vision he has…well, that’s just plain weird. They catch the call for a recent homicide & it’s the stuff of nightmares. They have a dead, white Harvard football star & a black suspect. Why was Harry Fitzsimmons in such a dangerous neighbourhood? And how did his kid brother end up at the scene? As the investigation progresses they unearth some disturbing facts about the Fitzsimmons’ past while the media has a field day with the racial implications. And Barkley will have to decide just how far he’s willing to go to protect Tommy from his personal demons. This is a brain bender of a book. The supernatural elements & tidbits on quantum mechanics mean you have to keep an open mind & I’m not going to smugly pretend I understood all of it. But it raised fascinating questions & possibilities. If that’s not your thing, no worries. As with Brighton, Harvey gives us characters that will break your heart while stealing it. Daniel & Barkley in particular will put you through the wringer as they struggle to make the best choices. The setting is another character. From the rarified air of Harvard to the edgy neighbourhoods of Southie, Boston is portrayed in all it’s gritty, divided glory. By the end, no one walks away unscathed & not all will survive. Daniel’s questions (and ours) are answered as the past & true identities are revealed. You’re left with a glimmer of hope that even great tragedy might eventually give way to something better. So if you’re looking for a well written & different slant on police procedurals, this should fit nicely. Besides, it’ll give you a chance to brush off all that quantum physics you’ve been dying to use. Just maybe don’t touch anyone while you’re reading 😉.

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    If Stephen King is going to take the time to tweet a recommendation of this book, I am going to take the time to read it. Immediately adds to tbr... If Stephen King is going to take the time to tweet a recommendation of this book, I am going to take the time to read it. Immediately adds to tbr...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr Pulse by Michael Harvey. (2018). Daniel seems like a normal American teenager. But Daniel has powers which he doesn't understand and is not sure he can control. He can't risk telling anyone but a mysterious stranger offers an insight into what he is experiencing and becomes his unofficial mentor. After a tragedy and the police becoming more interested in Daniel, his powers will finally come into their own. An intriguing concept for a no *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr Pulse by Michael Harvey. (2018). Daniel seems like a normal American teenager. But Daniel has powers which he doesn't understand and is not sure he can control. He can't risk telling anyone but a mysterious stranger offers an insight into what he is experiencing and becomes his unofficial mentor. After a tragedy and the police becoming more interested in Daniel, his powers will finally come into their own. An intriguing concept for a novel, the storyline is set in 1976. I found the narrative interesting and different, however fairly confusing as well. I don't know if I missed the answers to my questions, but I felt like the details around Daniel's powers weren't explained fully so I didn't really get what was happening with him. There's sort of some explanations of parts of his powers and then other things start to happen and it was just like wtf and it never really gets addressed. Perhaps best categorized as a sci fi suspense novel, the plot moves quickly and jumps mainly between the point of views of Daniel and a police officer named Barkley. Barkley and his partner Tommy are.....interesting? I'm not sure the best word to use haha. Tommy is a total loose cannon and felt a bit over the top for me. This book was something different to read but I didn't end up finding it very satisfying overall.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LadyJBookishNook

    Read this for the Library Journal. A little different book than what I normally read but I enjoyed the change.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    It was okay. I finished reading it without skimming but the ending was just “wrong”, raising more questions than revealing answers. Many plot lines are dropped or ignored and I personally think this was done because of a blurb hint. If its been picked up to be a series, it needs to be open. But it makes for a shitty ending to s novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I’m not sure how to review this book; my reaction to it is complex. At times I was fully engaged with the characters and plot; other times I thought it lacked cohesion and made little sense. It is a mystery with science fiction elements that are poorly worked out. Rather than feeling awed by the science fiction, I felt bogged down by it, not my usual response. I wanted both more and less of this tale and struggle to delineate what exactly I mean by that. Usually it means better editing was requi I’m not sure how to review this book; my reaction to it is complex. At times I was fully engaged with the characters and plot; other times I thought it lacked cohesion and made little sense. It is a mystery with science fiction elements that are poorly worked out. Rather than feeling awed by the science fiction, I felt bogged down by it, not my usual response. I wanted both more and less of this tale and struggle to delineate what exactly I mean by that. Usually it means better editing was required. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Half in, half out for me. I liked reading something completely out of my zone, but perhaps it was too far out. I think I will call it dark urban fiction. You'll get Boston from Southie perspective; metaphysical "theories" most random; strange police behavior; weird guardian angel figure; unfathomable family dynamics; schizoid theories and ramblings and a whole lot of rough language from cops and street people...ordinary Boston stuff in the 70's? And then there's Simon, or is he real? my imaginatio Half in, half out for me. I liked reading something completely out of my zone, but perhaps it was too far out. I think I will call it dark urban fiction. You'll get Boston from Southie perspective; metaphysical "theories" most random; strange police behavior; weird guardian angel figure; unfathomable family dynamics; schizoid theories and ramblings and a whole lot of rough language from cops and street people...ordinary Boston stuff in the 70's? And then there's Simon, or is he real? my imagination cannot stretch far enough to see this as a movie, but that is what the blurbs say. This was my first reading of this author, and I just got lucky when searching books on library site to be the first to grab it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan Radovich

    I have been a fan of Harvey's skilled writing for years, but this one kind of threw me for a loop. He brings a strong police procedural to vivid life (as always) but with PULSE, he adds some detailed science to the plot. He stays in Boston with this new novel, like BRIGHTON before it; and 1976 comes to life with all it's 'glory'. Daniel and Harry Fitzsimmons are brothers with a past, and when Harry is murdered that past comes to light by the two cops investigating the case. I mentioned science b I have been a fan of Harvey's skilled writing for years, but this one kind of threw me for a loop. He brings a strong police procedural to vivid life (as always) but with PULSE, he adds some detailed science to the plot. He stays in Boston with this new novel, like BRIGHTON before it; and 1976 comes to life with all it's 'glory'. Daniel and Harry Fitzsimmons are brothers with a past, and when Harry is murdered that past comes to light by the two cops investigating the case. I mentioned science being part of the plot. Quantum mechanics, light energy being harnessed by the human mind; Daniel claiming he knew details of his brothers murder BEFORE it happened... I needed to read many parts of PULSE for a second time, not that I was totally lost, but to make sure details were sitting with me correctly. In my opinion, Harvey writes some of the best cop thrillers today. Consistent strong stories, great believable characters, and he puts you in the time/place of every novel. What a welcome 'departure' from the basic cop thriller.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela

    An entangled blend of fantasy and physics A well written novel that's gripping and heavy on topics such as friendship, discrimination, paternity, family and the laws of nature governing all energies of the universe, hence what happens based or not on our own will. Bending time and probability, the book walks seamlessly through murders and escape plans, imaginary (or not) influences and causality. I loved the writing style most of all. Then the plot was brilliant, even if thick with the physics of An entangled blend of fantasy and physics A well written novel that's gripping and heavy on topics such as friendship, discrimination, paternity, family and the laws of nature governing all energies of the universe, hence what happens based or not on our own will. Bending time and probability, the book walks seamlessly through murders and escape plans, imaginary (or not) influences and causality. I loved the writing style most of all. Then the plot was brilliant, even if thick with the physics of the actions, saturated at points with ideas and kids' energies. “There are two major sources of energy in this world. Any idea what they are?” Daniel shook his head. “Love and hate. People think of them as feelings or emotions, but they’re actually physical, tangible, measurable forces. In fact, they provide the foundation for everything they seem to oppose.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheng

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Daniel Fitzsimmons is a sixteen year old high school student with a tragic past. When he was a child, his mother was killed in a car accident. Daniel was in the same car and slipped into a coma for a few weeks but his memory of the incident involves a man strangling his mother after the accident. With his older brother Harry, Daniel manages to overcome his past and enrol in Latin School, an esteemed private school. Harry doesn't do too bad either, making it into Harvard and being named on the Iv Daniel Fitzsimmons is a sixteen year old high school student with a tragic past. When he was a child, his mother was killed in a car accident. Daniel was in the same car and slipped into a coma for a few weeks but his memory of the incident involves a man strangling his mother after the accident. With his older brother Harry, Daniel manages to overcome his past and enrol in Latin School, an esteemed private school. Harry doesn't do too bad either, making it into Harvard and being named on the Ivy League All-Star football team. When Daniel takes up the offer of renting a cheap apartment from a Harvard professor known as Simon Lane, he learns about the theory of entanglement from Simon. He starts to realise that his ability of being able to peer and empathise with the minds of others is a part of this theory and Simon offers guidance on honing this ability. When Harry is murdered in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong, Daniel attempts to find the killer himself while officers Barkley and Dillon attempt to nab the criminal before Daniel does. Pulse is the type of book where you recognise a pretty decent and exciting plot hidden underneath an execution that does not do it justice. Pulse actually has a lot going for it when it first starts out. There's the hint of science fiction when the theory of entanglement and Daniel's ability to "push" people into doing what he wants are introduced. We get a look at the dynamic between Barkley and Dillon, especially with Dillon's past as a drug addict and his apparent links with the mafia still intact. Harry is introduced too as a sympathetic character to root for given his strong moral compass and genuine care for others. There's also some racial themes that are sort of introduced given the setting of this book in the 1970s but it doesn't really go anywhere, much like the other plot points. There was also a hint that Barkley might have some kind of contact with entanglement given his vision of Dillon turning up dead right before a body of another man is recovered in the exact same conditions as Barkley's vision of Dillon but this isn't explored any further. Additionally, Daniel's powers aren't ever properly described or explained. The concept of "pushing" people is somewhat discussed but other things like Daniel's animalistic feelings when he uses his powers or the full extent of his abilities are glossed over. I'm not quite sure what Daniel is doing sometimes when he is using his powers and the metaphors get blurred with the literal descriptions. When the ending of the book is revealed and an attempt is made in tying up all the loose ends, more questions than answers pop up. Namely, a few plot holes arise that make me puzzled about the logic behind the plot progression. When Harry was murdered, he initially suffered a superficial cut from the robber before being stabbed to death by another person. I had already suspected this second person was Dillon given his shady links to the underground world but I thought I had it wrong when Dillon showed no apparent worries at all letting Barkley interview witnesses by himself with regards to the case. There's also the crazy coincidence that during the mass riot conducted by the students of a neighbouring school on Latin School, the one student that Daniel comes into contact with turns out to be the Harry's robber, allowing Daniel to entangle with him and track him. The whole reveal that Daniel's father was behind the deaths of Harry and Daniel's mother and that Daniel's father was Nick Tomey, the photographer who acted as a witness to Harry's death, didn't really make much sense either. It felt rushed and almost meant purely for shock factor. There's also the suggestion that Simon Lane is the future version of Daniel who somehow came back into the past. I would allow it if this was revealed to simply be hallucinations since Daniel wasn't taking certain prescribed pills that were meant for his mental health but other characters like Grace, a girl that Daniel likes, witnessed the existence of Simon Lane too. Once again, it's never explained how future Daniel time travelled back or what the whole point of this time travelling was in terms of entanglement. It just feels like it's one of those times where the author thinks of twist endings that he finds brilliant but doesn't quite pave a proper way to get there. Instead of feeling impressed and mindblown, I just feel bewildered and lost. That being said, Pulse does have its redeeming qualities. Although the explanation of time as part of the entanglement was somewhat butchered in terms of the revelation that Simon is Daniel from the future, it does give the heartbreaking scene where Daniel sees sketches of Grace in the future living out her life happily but with another man instead. Daniel's discovery of Harry's body and his flashback to the moment where they were both orphaned was emotional too. The cast of characters were sympathetic enough and I guess the plot was at its core pretty okay too. I just wish that the execution was better and more thought-out. 2.5/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ron S

    A tale more suited to fans of the show "Stranger Things" than readers of Richard Price or The Friends of Eddie Coyle. A tale more suited to fans of the show "Stranger Things" than readers of Richard Price or The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mridula Gupta

    |3.5 stars| Pulse by Michael Harvey is about Daniel Fitzsimmons- a 16-year-old who has suffered severe trauma as a kid. And this trauma has also given him an extraordinary power called entanglement (you’ll learn about it in the book). But Daniel is a subject of interest in a recent murder and the police are digging deeper into his past. Daniel has to be clever enough to achieve his goal and be discreet at the same time. Let’s start with the plot. The plot has its own high and low. I loved the myste |3.5 stars| Pulse by Michael Harvey is about Daniel Fitzsimmons- a 16-year-old who has suffered severe trauma as a kid. And this trauma has also given him an extraordinary power called entanglement (you’ll learn about it in the book). But Daniel is a subject of interest in a recent murder and the police are digging deeper into his past. Daniel has to be clever enough to achieve his goal and be discreet at the same time. Let’s start with the plot. The plot has its own high and low. I loved the mystery, especially the ending. It’s open-ended and leaves the rest to the author’s imagination. The author seemed to get lost a couple of time, but then he got back to the path. I am not a huge fan of the writing. Its a bit confusing and the twists aren’t placed at correct intervals. The blurb doesn’t give out enough, which made it easy for the author to play with the plots and the characters. There are very few characters and most of them are quite simple and predictable. The author also mentioned themes like quantum physics and entanglement. The plot also has a hint of a psychological thriller. Pulse is a fast-paced thriller, that talks about the complexities of mind and the ways in which it deals with grief.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Layburn

    Strange- but in a completely absorbing way- I loved this mix of crime fiction and sci-fi theory. At times the narrative is slippery and hard to grasp, but you should definitely hang in because the unsettled nature fits the story well and there are plenty of times when the tale settles next to you in perfect comfort. Give it a try- you won't regret it! This ARC was provided by Ecco/HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review>. Strange- but in a completely absorbing way- I loved this mix of crime fiction and sci-fi theory. At times the narrative is slippery and hard to grasp, but you should definitely hang in because the unsettled nature fits the story well and there are plenty of times when the tale settles next to you in perfect comfort. Give it a try- you won't regret it! This ARC was provided by Ecco/HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review>.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deana St. John

    This is a sweet little uncomplicated novel about a boy raised by squirrels in Central Park. OH wait, that was "Squirrel Boy...." Pulse is not a sweet uncomplicated anything. It's a hard azz cop story with lots of SCIFI/quantum mechanics? thrown in, that makes it hard to figure out what's happening and who the good guys are. Or maybe there aren't any...wife beaters, drug addicts, good cops shooting bad cops, bad cops shooting good cops, good cops shooting other good cops, you get the point. And t This is a sweet little uncomplicated novel about a boy raised by squirrels in Central Park. OH wait, that was "Squirrel Boy...." Pulse is not a sweet uncomplicated anything. It's a hard azz cop story with lots of SCIFI/quantum mechanics? thrown in, that makes it hard to figure out what's happening and who the good guys are. Or maybe there aren't any...wife beaters, drug addicts, good cops shooting bad cops, bad cops shooting good cops, good cops shooting other good cops, you get the point. And then there's the "he turned into a bird/tiger" part of the story line. Did he really or is it part of the book that gives us hope that something cool will actually happen? I finished it and I'm still not sure what was going on. Steven King and Lee Child are two of my favorite authors and they recommended this book and that's only because they are much smarter than I am and probably discuss quantum mechanics over lunch.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    1.5 stars Different. Weird. A mix of sci-fi w/a mystery subplot thrown in. I started this on audio. As I was halfway thru the first disc I thought, “what the heck is this book about again?” I went on goodreads to read the summary as well as posted reviews which helped put it in perspective. I like Michael Harvey. I LOVED his Michael Kelly series!!!!! I think he’s a good writer though on a bit of the dark side w/his stories. The beginning of the book is definitely sci-fi themed. I’m not a big reader 1.5 stars Different. Weird. A mix of sci-fi w/a mystery subplot thrown in. I started this on audio. As I was halfway thru the first disc I thought, “what the heck is this book about again?” I went on goodreads to read the summary as well as posted reviews which helped put it in perspective. I like Michael Harvey. I LOVED his Michael Kelly series!!!!! I think he’s a good writer though on a bit of the dark side w/his stories. The beginning of the book is definitely sci-fi themed. I’m not a big reader in that genre so I had a little trouble following the story. Unfortunately by the time the mystery starts, I had lost interest. I did like the characters but I couldn’t get past the strangeness of the story. So while I’ll still read his books I think this one was a pass for me. I’ve accepted that just b/c I like a writer, I don’t have to like everything they do.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    There are so many things wrong with this book The characters motivations don't make any sense - often tied "neatly" up into "that's just how things be". It combines the ridiculous flowery language of literary prose with a hard boiled detective setting combined with supernatural elements in a way that makes zero sense and comes across as trying way too hard. The "twists" are not set up in any meaningful way and are there purely to stun the reader and hit without any emotional backing to them. The There are so many things wrong with this book The characters motivations don't make any sense - often tied "neatly" up into "that's just how things be". It combines the ridiculous flowery language of literary prose with a hard boiled detective setting combined with supernatural elements in a way that makes zero sense and comes across as trying way too hard. The "twists" are not set up in any meaningful way and are there purely to stun the reader and hit without any emotional backing to them. The way the author writes about women drips with benevolent misogyny. A passage of this, when talking about the main character's grief as, "something women seemed to understand and embrace so much better and finer than men ever could." This is pulp vitriol trying to clothe itself as serious adult fiction.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kincaid

    Last year I've read Harvey's "Brighton", which quickly became one of all-time favorite books. "Brighton" was stunning, from the beautiful narrative, to the description of tragic consequences made by decisions that seemed so simple to make at first. It was a story about people- violent at times, true, gritty, yet realistic and very humane at the same time. Which is what I expected to find in "Pulse", and to some degree, I did find it. But to be very honest, I have no idea what to think of this no Last year I've read Harvey's "Brighton", which quickly became one of all-time favorite books. "Brighton" was stunning, from the beautiful narrative, to the description of tragic consequences made by decisions that seemed so simple to make at first. It was a story about people- violent at times, true, gritty, yet realistic and very humane at the same time. Which is what I expected to find in "Pulse", and to some degree, I did find it. But to be very honest, I have no idea what to think of this novel at all, how to review it. As was "Brighton", this story is very gritty, violent, detailing the stories of two sets of brothers- one flesh and blood, the other working together as cops, as the first sets of brothers are separated early by a violent death, and the other is doomed from the start and deteriorates with- both tragedies are an accumulation of decisions made years before that will have destructive consequences as time goes by. And if the story had stayed just that, it would've been wonderful, because those stories gave the meat of the story, the police procedural was neatly done and very gripping, and it was fascinating to watch the partnership of the two detective dissolve and ruined with time. But Harvey added a sci-fi element (although it's more of an unnatural element than sci-fi, really), that, to be quite honest, just didn't gel at all with the rest of the story. Most of the time it fell forced on to the story,felt confusing and didn't really add anything to the plot or characters. In fact, it just took away from them. The major problem with the "sci-fi" element is that, as mentioned above, it felt forced onto the story- and it felt that way because nothing was explained, at all, and things were happening just for the sake of happening, to further the plot- only none of it made any kind of sense whatsoever. For example- Daniels ability, called "pushing" or "entanglement", is descried as him having the ability to get into people's minds and by doing so, be entangled with them. connected to them. But is he reading their minds? Can he manipulate them? It's never fully explained, and even the way he experiences his ability is inconsistent- he can see his brother's death happening in great detail, yet his ability can't lead him the murderer at all. There's also a recurring theme that Daniel can use this ability to push people to do things subconsciously, yet it's only a theory, a suspicion, because not once is he able to actually read people and know what they really feel and think. But at the same time, he can actually control two dogs and make them do anything he tells them to. Confused? You're not the only one. And as mentioned before, there's no explanation given to how any of this happening. Sure, there a few instances when Daniel and Simon Lane discuss the science behind this abilities, but they're too short, and don't shed any light on this abilities, especially when considering that Harvey made this ability unique to Daniel, yet it's also hinted (yet never expanded upon) that Daniel's girlfriend, Grace, may also has this ability somehow, and one of the detectives can also tap into it somehow. This "sci-fi" elements were also responsible for the two major twists in the end, which not only came out of nowhere, but made this whole story even more illogical. One twist is regarding the killer- the identity of the killer is just thrown out there without any kind of buildup, and his motivation for killing both Daniel's mother and his brother... Well- there isn't any, really. One murder happened totally at random, and the other was supposedly to cover his tracks, but he made such a mess of everything, trying to be so smart, and it just feel anti-climatic and complete nonsense. The second twists is the true identity of Simon Lane- honestly, it's even more nonsensical. It's barely touched upon- one paragraph at most, but it also makes no-sense at all, considering Harvey goes to great lengths at the end of them novel to give the reader the impression that nothing that Daniel experienced- his ability, his visions- truly happened, and that they were all hallucinations, caused by Daniel's traumas. So honestly- which is it? If "pushing" and "entanglement" are complete hallucinations, then how come other people felt it happen and can remember it? How come Grace and Barkley could tap into it too? And if Simon, being Daniel from the future, was truly an hallucination as well, then how come Grace saw him?! "Pulse" could have been a great novel had it been a crime-drama, just like "Brighton". And it does feel like it was supposed to be this way as well. But for some reason, Harvey decided to introduce that sci-fi element, probably to give the story more atmosphere, but what it actually did is to confuse the issue and create an inconsistent, incoherent, vague, convoluted plot, that at the end makes no-sense whatsoever- and believe me, after finishing this novel, i was sitting here for two hours trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I'm giving it two stars- mainly for the crime/drama/police-procedural story, but I honestly don't know what to think or feel about this one. Wasn't good, wasn't bad. Just meh. Truly disappointed with this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided via Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. Daniel Fitzsimmons, a 16 year old boy who suffered as trauma as a kid – but even at the start of the book, it’s clear to the reader that Daniel is also in control of an extraordinary power – a power that is a s confusing to him as it is to the reader.   But when Daniel Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: A physical copy was provided via Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. Daniel Fitzsimmons, a 16 year old boy who suffered as trauma as a kid – but even at the start of the book, it’s clear to the reader that Daniel is also in control of an extraordinary power – a power that is a s confusing to him as it is to the reader.   But when Daniel becomes a subject of a murder investigation that almost destroys him – it also ends up with the police digging into the past that he really doesn’t want known.   The book starts off confusing, then my feelings moved to bewildered then to interested, moving on to shocked and lastly to a little bit closure at the end.   The author had quite a bit of open ended plot to work with that he really doesn't take time to make good use of – I think that’s why the start of the book through the first few chapters, made it very confusing for me as a reader – which honestly , for me is the foundation of the book.   There are also quite a few things that the author should have explained through the course of the book & there are threads that should have been tied tighter together for the reader to enjoy a book that is different in its essence, to the fullest extent.   Pulse is a psychological thriller with a foundation in physics and time travel – but is fast paced and complex ideas of souls, minds and the way human minds can be connected with each other.   For more reviews visit For The Love of Fictional Worlds :) Do come join us at For The Fictional Worlds Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram  | Goodreads  | Amazon |

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    In 1976 Boston, Daniel Fitzsimmons is alone; his father has never been around, his mother died when he was eight, and his brother, Harry, is away at Harvard. But Harry’s murder, in what appears to be a senseless street killing, leaves Daniel to face both his grief and his strange power, a power he is not certain he can control. Detectives William Barkley “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to Harry’s case. How, they wonder, can Daniel have known the details of his brother’s murder before i In 1976 Boston, Daniel Fitzsimmons is alone; his father has never been around, his mother died when he was eight, and his brother, Harry, is away at Harvard. But Harry’s murder, in what appears to be a senseless street killing, leaves Daniel to face both his grief and his strange power, a power he is not certain he can control. Detectives William Barkley “Bark” Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to Harry’s case. How, they wonder, can Daniel have known the details of his brother’s murder before it happened? What will the two detectives find when they dig into the Fitzsimmons family history? And what is the strange power that Daniel seems to possess? Interesting characters, a setting that encompasses an explosive time in Boston’s history, and a captivating plot all contribute to this creative, intriguing page-turner that explores the harnessing of light energy by the human mind. However, the narrative spins out its story with a heavy dose of offensive/coarse/harsh language, ostensibly fitting for the setting, but readers will find that the continual barrage quickly becomes off-putting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fathima Ashab

    This was my first book by Michael Harvey and this genre is totally out of my league. So I had no expectations before starting and it turned out to be something I really enjoyed reading. The story happens in Boston and even though I felt his writing was too descriptive at some places, most of the descriptions about the place was so vivid. And the characters were so real except for a character that was based on science fictional element. This was a story of two brothers named Harry and Daniel Fitz This was my first book by Michael Harvey and this genre is totally out of my league. So I had no expectations before starting and it turned out to be something I really enjoyed reading. The story happens in Boston and even though I felt his writing was too descriptive at some places, most of the descriptions about the place was so vivid. And the characters were so real except for a character that was based on science fictional element. This was a story of two brothers named Harry and Daniel Fitzsimmons. Of them, the former got killed and the latter wanted to take revenge but it turns out to be something more. We get to know about Daniel's past and his power to read people's minds that is disturbing him for so long time. We also get to know the link between human consciousness and quantum mechanics which in turn explores the pulse of energy and light that can be controlled by the mind. Even though the concept was interesting, it felt too strange to grasp at some places. But overall it was really good and a perfect crime fiction to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Camille McCarthy

    This book was truly just ok. It was not great but also was not terrible enough for me to say anything nasty about it. The writing was a little awkward and I didn't understand what this book was really about. There were some promising ideas here, and some interesting characters, but the way they came together did not make much sense and I did not feel personally attached to any of them. This book is similar to a Stephen King book in terms of the type of characters that are involved and the sort o This book was truly just ok. It was not great but also was not terrible enough for me to say anything nasty about it. The writing was a little awkward and I didn't understand what this book was really about. There were some promising ideas here, and some interesting characters, but the way they came together did not make much sense and I did not feel personally attached to any of them. This book is similar to a Stephen King book in terms of the type of characters that are involved and the sort of quasi-fantastical element, but Harvey did not go as deeply into the emotions of the characters to really give it that connection Stephen King makes with his readers. At the same time he didn't have a lot of the cheesy sort of dialogue King has either, or the cliched All-American personalities, so that was refreshing. I'm still not 100% sure what happened in the end of this book, and parts of it were simply too vague to be really good, but it did show promise and it was entertaining.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    It's as if the voices are chanting in harmony when Daniel finds himself at the heart of it all. Daniel knows his brother Harry will be murdered but how can that be that he knows so much detail about a murder yet not have any involvement? Not only is it rather far fetched, but bordering on bizarre, as the consequences leading up to Daniel's knowledge are more than mere coincidences. The journey has to begin somewhere with this case beginning before the detectives have even gathered up the evidence. H It's as if the voices are chanting in harmony when Daniel finds himself at the heart of it all. Daniel knows his brother Harry will be murdered but how can that be that he knows so much detail about a murder yet not have any involvement? Not only is it rather far fetched, but bordering on bizarre, as the consequences leading up to Daniel's knowledge are more than mere coincidences. The journey has to begin somewhere with this case beginning before the detectives have even gathered up the evidence. How can a brother know so much before a death even occurs? Read on... Read on... A thriller to be sure!

  24. 4 out of 5

    RG

    This was weird. A urban crime novel set in Boston in the 70s would sound pretty cool. This however mixes quantum physics, supernatural elements and weird characters who make strange decisions. I got a little lost in the last 40-50 pages. It kinda had that Blake Crouch feel but Blake does it better. I know Harvey normally writes crime but Ive never read any. I just have a feeling the scifi elements are new and might have been experimental in nature.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Denise O’Connor

    This was a very different book and it had a lot of potential, but sometimes missed the mark. The author used the concept of quantum physics and specifically “entanglement” to explain shape shifting, parallel existences and other plot devices that underpinned this story. The story was tragic and intense. It left me somewhat unsettled.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dyanne

    Not sure about this one. Not the usual Michael Harvey book. Takes place in his beloved Boston with the usual suspects cops but that’s where it ends. Crime novel mixed with Syfi...not so sure. Steven King mentions the book and I normally like what he recommends but not this time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liza Franklin

    I was very interested in it. But. He lost me in the last 75 pages. I don’t understand what happened or why. I’m giving it a 4 because it was interesting enough that I read the whole thing, and I can’t give it a 3.5.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cat Jenkins

    My rating for 'Pulse' might have been two stars if I hadn't recently read 'Vita Nostra' by the Dyachenkos. The latter was elegantly done and intellectually intriguing. The former is not. Harvey tries so hard to attain some level of sophistication and novelty in his imagery, that he ends up flailing about in an awkward, Creative Writing 101 way. For instance: "...powder that smelled like the notes spinning off an old jazz record on a phonograph in a picture hanging on a wall..." The metaphor strug My rating for 'Pulse' might have been two stars if I hadn't recently read 'Vita Nostra' by the Dyachenkos. The latter was elegantly done and intellectually intriguing. The former is not. Harvey tries so hard to attain some level of sophistication and novelty in his imagery, that he ends up flailing about in an awkward, Creative Writing 101 way. For instance: "...powder that smelled like the notes spinning off an old jazz record on a phonograph in a picture hanging on a wall..." The metaphor struggles and its death throes go on way too long. I do understand he's striving for a certain style. Maybe he'll achieve it in the future. I was amazed to find out this isn't his first book, since it has so many unfortunate failings of the first-time writer. And why do authors who have lived in Boston and wandered about the too-hallowed grounds of Harvard feel it's necessary to describe every street, every turn, every alley, every dive of an eatery...ad infinitum? It's as though their lives stopped and Boston sucked them dry or trapped them in its stale orbit. So, writing style aside, the plot is an undecided mass of confusion, too. Again, Harvey is trying so damn hard for originality, but he's mired in a gentle, but still annoying, misogyny and stereotypical characters. Better luck next time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jovdb

    This was such a bizarre book! I’m not sure what to write about it! While at the centre is a murder mystery, there is so much else going on - strange, out of body experiences, corruption in the police force, time distortion and travel, oh, and just for good measure, teenage love! I’ve read, and enjoyed, other books by this author, but this one took me to places I just couldn’t follow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Can't decide if it wants to be edgy and "literary" or a police procedural steeped in science fiction. I feel PULSE would have been much stronger if it dispensed with the pretense and focused on its truly unique blend of genre. Can't decide if it wants to be edgy and "literary" or a police procedural steeped in science fiction. I feel PULSE would have been much stronger if it dispensed with the pretense and focused on its truly unique blend of genre.

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