Publisher: Post Mortem Press
Publish Date: June 25, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach - a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. Complicated by his wife's recent back surgery, Morgan tries to protect his wife and kids from his anxieties, not to mention their financial burdens, but that just pushes them away even further.
And in the middle of it all, he starts to lose his tangibility.
He may be able to walk through walls, but that ability comes with a price. He has to learn not just how to control it, but how to use it without anyone finding out, not even his family. He doesn t want to become a circus freak or government test subject while providing for his wife and kids, but there doesn't seem to be any honest work for a man who can secretly phase through solid matter. The temptations, on the other hand--the temptations are endless, and when he succumbs to the first, the rest begin to fall like dominoes..
Review: Morgan Dunsmore has a wife, Corrine, and two young sons. He also has no job (and no prospects), a mortgage, and mounting bills. His wife can’t work due to her back surgery and Morgan feels the burdens of life weighing him down. He feels alone, overwhelmed, and invisible…and soon he starts to fade away. Morgan discovers he’s able to phase through matter – walk through walls, etc., but comes at a price. Hiding his new-found ‘ability’ from his family only brings more distance between them and leads Morgan to make some dubious choices. As Morgan keeps fading away, bigger problems are coming to light and Morgan may not be able to stop before it’s too late.
‘Losing Touch’ is a very different kind of story. To me, it’s not really science fiction or supernatural, even though Morgan does gain the ability to phase through matter. I would consider it more of a drama / human interest. How many of us, myself included, have felt invisible before? What if we gained this ability? I can empathize with Morgan’s situation and understand, not necessarily agree with, the choices he makes as he’s exploring his new ability and trying to save his family. ‘Losing Touch’ is full of unexpected events and consequences for Morgan. The author has brought to life a character that is imperfectly human, just like the rest of us. Dark and sometimes violent, ‘Losing Touch’ will make you think about the realm of possibilities and the responsibility which goes along with power.