Meerkat Press, LLC, 9781946154217, 275pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
After a mysterious, silent child is found abandoned on the beach clutching a handheld video game, residents and tourists alike find themselves utterly unable to sleep. Exhaustion impairs judgment, delusions become hysteria, and mob rule explodes into shocking violence. Told from three perspectives: Chief of Police Mays tries to keep order, teenaged tourist Cort and her friends compete in a dangerous social media contest for the most hours awake, while local physician and former Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Sam Carlson battles his guilt over a student's suicide and the blurriness of his own insomnia, to try to treat the sleepless—until he and the child must flee the violent mob that blames the child for the epidemic.
About the Author
Roy Freirich leads multiple lives as a writer—of lyrics, movies, and novels. His lyrics have been sung by legends Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and Patti Labelle, among many others. He’s written screenplays for Fox Searchlight, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Sony, and adapted his novel, Winged Creatures, for the film, Fragments, featuring Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Josh Hutcherson, and Kate Beckinsale. He lives with his wife, ever-patient editor and frequent cowriter, Debrah, in Malibu, California. Together, they’ve written the libretto for a musical adaptation of Anne Rice’s Cry to Heaven, for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Visit him online at www.royfreirich.com.
Praise For Deprivation…
"Deprivation deals brilliantly with the topic of fear and mass psychology. It also shows how we are all interconnected and how much we influence each other with our words, actions, and gestures. So let them be kind with no exception." —Reading Tonic
"Rich, deep action in a dry summer setting, this book is not your average thriller. Can a dreamless night bring you awake? This book will answer that question and many more. Not only is Freirich’s writing style unique and mysterious, it brings a great purpose to the plot." —Michelle Meng's Book Blog
"Extremely well written, with precise and convincing descriptions, realistic characters and a deep-reaching plot. Deprivation is a must-read." —Big Indie Books
"Such a great premise: a whole island of sleep deprived characters and a mysterious lost child. Roy Freirich took the story beyond a clever idea and really explored human nature and crowd mentality. It is beautifully written in a visual style and I highly recommend it." —Debra Gillis Book Blog
"As one would expect with horror, violence and gore were present, but the story was about so much more. There were some underlying messages about society I found profound. I enjoyed the characters and the writing. I’m glad I stretched my genres a bit by picking this one up." —Tar Heel Reader
"An island full of vacationers all the sudden cant go to sleep... for days! Sleep deprivation makes people crazy and this book is a thriller. Really enjoyed it. Can't wait for more work from Freirich." —Books Beans & No Booze
"What really stands out in Deprivation, is how well done the decent into madness that the inhabitants of Carratuck Island experience … Freirich has created a fine example of well written prose … that has a cinematic feel to it. It is fast paced and engaging, and is populated with a plethora of well-developed characters. Do yourself a favour and get this book." —Books I Like Book Blog