Tunnel Vision by Susan Shaw


14 Critic Reviews

Now, I do like a healthy dose of action in my books, to keep me excited about reading, as well as questions to keep me interested, but it’s rather unsatisfying when the book is only about action and questions.
-The Book Muncher


What if you didn't have to die to know that heaven exists?
And what if that knowledge could get you killed?

Following a biking accident on icy Boston streets, grad student Zack Kashian lapses into a coma. When he wakes up on Easter, months later, muttering the Lord's Prayer in the original Aramaic, the media is set abuzz about the "Miracle Man." Religious fanatics flock to Zack's hospital bedside, though he claims to be an atheist.

Zack's revival also catches the attention of Dr. Elizabeth Luria, who heads up a small team of neuroscientists secretly researching near-death experiences (NDE). Their objective: to determine if there is anything to the claims of NDE victims about floating down tunnels into the celestial light and meeting spiritual beings. Is all that evidence of the afterlife? Or is it just neurobiology, as Sarah Wyman, one of Luria's young researchers suspects.

For personal reasons, Luria is desperate to prove the afterlife exists. So are her wealthy, evangelist backers, who can't wait to announce the greatest discovery in human history: that God exists. A discovery that would at last reconcile science and religion. A discovery that would end the world's religious strife and unite all humanity.

Yet Zack's experiences are anything but heavenly. While he and Sarah struggle to understand his horrific out-of-body experiences, they have no idea that sinister forces have taken an interest in them. Forces to whom near-death experiences are utter blasphemy—deceptions by Satan himself. They enlist a menacing agent who, in the name of God, will stop at nothing to terminate the project and all involved.


About Susan Shaw

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Gary Braver is the bestselling author of eight critically-acclaimed novels including Elixir, Gray Matter, Flashback, and Skin Deep. Flashback is the only thriller to have won the prestigious Massachusetts Book Award. Under his own name, Gary Goshgarian, he is a professor of English at Northeastern University, where he teaches courses in popular literature and fiction writing. He lives with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts. Please visit his website at www.garybraver.com.
Published June 21, 2011 by Forge Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 15 2011

An emotional roller-coaster ride through adolescent angst and thriller suspense. 

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 01 2011

The open ending is realistically uncertain, a lack of closure that further cements readers' connection to Liza's feelings of futility, helplessness, and confusion. 

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The Meliorist

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Reviewed by Zoe Migicovsky on Sep 28 2011

Although this novel was clearly not for me as a reader, its movie-like (ie., completely outrageous) thriller plot may make it engaging for some readers, although likely of a middle grade rather than young adult audience. 

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Journey of a Bookseller

Reviewed by JoAnn Hakola on Aug 03 2011

With the murderers and the press on their trail, life is not very pleasant.  This story has the ring of truth in it, though.  It's the story of a young woman and her father trying to stay alive and it's chilling.

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Letters Inside Out

Reviewed by Amanda on Aug 22 2011

Tunnel Vision is very suspenseful. The fact that they cannot trust anyone, is so sad. We all know the media is relentless in tracking people, but the fact that this story could be real seriously upsets me.

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The Book Cellar

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Reviewed by Erica on Aug 17 2011

This book came to no conclusion. I finished the book, with absolutely nothing happening. The plot ties hadn’t been tied up, nothing like that.

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Books with Bite

Reviewed by Savannah on Aug 22 2011

Amazing writing, amazing characters and one heck of a story line, Tunnel Vision is my favorite book this year. I have never been so taken back and surprised by a book. Simply fantastic!

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Crowding the Book Truck

Reviewed by Caroline on Sep 23 2011

Witness Protection Program books usually bother me because the characters often make really bad choices for really bad reasons. But I was pleasantly surprised with Tunnel Vision.

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Great Imaginations

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Reviewed by Kara Malinczak on Aug 18 2011

But I do think  Tunnel Vision will be a favorite read of a select few. But it will not find a large audience because of the very choppy and strange style it is written in.

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The Musings of a Book Addict

Reviewed by Sandra Stiles on Aug 14 2011

This is one I’ll recommend to my students. The actions just keeps building to the point you can’t put it down and it becomes a very quick read.  I look forward to reading more by this author.

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The Book Muncher

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Reviewed by The BookMuncher on Nov 16 2011

Now, I do like a healthy dose of action in my books, to keep me excited about reading, as well as questions to keep me interested, but it’s rather unsatisfying when the book is only about action and questions.

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Reading With Mo

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Reviewed by Mo on Aug 16 2011

It can be negative or positive, but I need resolution. Otherwise, what is the point? That is exactly how I felt at the end of this book. I was asking myself, why would someone write a book that goes nowhere?

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Immersed in Young Adult Lit

Reviewed by Alyssa Whitcher on Jun 25 2012

The mystery unravels at the end, although I didn’t feel like there was enough closure to leave me satisfied. At least it’s not one of those predictable endings where everyone lives happily ever after. (Gag me, please.) That’s all I’ll say.

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Good Thing The World Is Round

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Reviewed by Megan Glenn on Jun 18 2012

It’s an okay book, that I think I liked better the first time I read it, but I can’t honestly say that I was in love with it. But I’ll let you be the judge of that!

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