IS IT MADNESS OR THE SUPERNATURAL?
Psychiatrist Claire Rossi seeks cases nobody else can treat—cases like her mother’s, whose misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and subsequent death inspired Claire’s career. Initially infatuated with an influx of seemingly schizophrenic patients, interest turns to terror as their ailments infect her too. She sees and hears a man who grows more violent with every encounter. The analysis and training she’s relied on her whole career fail to explain his presence, leaving only one conclusion: that what haunts her isn’t in her head at all. But maybe that’s just what she wants to believe.
As her symptoms escalate, she’s left with two unsettling clues. Her mother speaks to her in twisted idioms, and a mysterious letter taunts her with a single line:
Enjoy your gifts.
I didn’t keep track!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
While I couldn’t say that this book is my typical read, I was drawn to it nonetheless because it seemed like it could be a really good thriller. I for some reason kept envisioning Shutter Island when reading the synopsis, don’t ask me why. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
This story follows Claire Rossi as she tries to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother’s illness and tragic death. As she dives into her investigation, Claire begins to experience symptoms that make her question everything she knows.
While this book had a really interesting concept, I do think that a lot was happening at once. There are themes of religion, romance, paranormal, supernatural, and horror. Sometimes they got a bit jumbled together and led to slight confusion on the direction of the story.
Overall, I thought this was a really interesting concept and could see it being adapted as a tv show or movie and would consider it a perfect read for the upcoming spooky season.