Book Review: “The Doubt Factory” by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Now, how do I summarise “The Doubt Factory” for you readers?

I have to say, it is a tough one.

I absolutely loved the premise of the book but then, there is a departure from it that lands it into “Stockholm Syndrome” territory which then justifies the progress of the plot in a less than believable way in my opinion.

Just bear with me here and let me tell you a little bit about the story.

Alix could be considered your typical rich kid schooled in a prestigious institution courtesy of Daddy’s money. The only thing is though, it could set her up to be perceived as obnoxious which she really is not. She cannot be chastised for being privileged.

However the source of her father’s fortune could be questionable as his role as an invisible spin doctor for the best known pharmaceutical players in the industry is integral to some of those companies pretty much getting away with murder.

You see, this element of the plot, I really likes and definitely grabbed my attention.

So when did it start to go wrong, you will ask.

The post kidnapping event was what I had issues with.

doubtfactorycoverNow I don’t care who you are, but if you kidnap me and I somehow get free I would probably be traumatised for a lengthy period and would need some psychological counselling to get over it. There’s absolutely no way to just pick up and go from where you left off after such a trauma. And although I would like to think that if I was ever strong enough following this ordeal, and somehow our paths were to cross again I would want to pummel you to a pulp. There is absolutely no way I would fall in love with you, tall dark and handsome or not.

The problem with the relationship between Alix the main character and her kidnapper is that, the resolution of the plot was too heavily dependent on it, so once you pull that thread the novel unravels.

One big positive however, was the very diverse secondary casting of characters which I would have loved to see feature a lot more.

Not one of my favourite read this year but it might just well be one of yours so don’t hesitate to give it a chance.



Thanking team @ed_pr for providing me with a copy of this title to review.


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