Book Review: Blue Coyote Motel by: Dianne Harman

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Dianne Harman

Publication Date: October 10, 2012

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: “He remembered the little motel in the desert when his life turned around.”

At the heart of Blue Coyote Motel is a love story beginning in the barrios of Southern California and spanning the globe in such diverse locations as France, South America and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the Blue Coyote Motel.

When Maria’s depression rises like a cloud over their happiness, Jeffrey invents a wonder drug to fix it. As Jeffrey’s condition unravels, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers find themselves staying the night at the small roadside inn. The next morning, they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey’s miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare only beginning?

Review: If you had the ability to grant happiness to everyone, would you do it? Disgraced scientist Jeffrey Brooks believes he has created a cure for depression and uses his guests at the Blue Coyote Motel as human research subjects. The people to whom he administered his wonder-drug (named “Freedom”) leave the hotel feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to change their lives for the better. Yet is this feeling and newfound motivation too good to last?

‘Blue Coyote Motel’ is a compelling story written in alternating chapters between Maria, Jeffrey, and the motel guests who were dosed with “Freedom” without their knowledge. My background in human research subject protections and my feelings on unregulated research aside, ‘Blue Coyote Motel’ was a fascinating study in the human condition. I loved all of the characters and I enjoyed how much I got to know them all in gritty detail. The author really makes you care about the characters and that’s one of the best things about this book along with the scientific aspects. It’s my understanding there will be a sequel, which is great news because I’d love to see how everyone is doing after the events in ‘Blue Coyote Motel’.

Series: Blue Coyote Motel (1)

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