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on January 21, 2012
Jason Roberts, a writer, works on his newest novel after the death of his wife. With the pressure of the sales world compressing the suicidal whispers in his head, he retreats to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. And as events in what he perceives to be his real life begin to collide and mesh with his writing, the already hazy line of sanity becomes that much harder to trace.
Names are jumbled, faces are blurred and even pathways and roads are prey to the mind of a long-term schizophrenic like Jason. And everyone's lives--including the reader!--is subject to fall under his spell.
But as the final pages are being written, and he believes he has the power to influence the world around him, Jason's story takes an abrupt and violent turn. And as he tries to write his wife back to the land of the living he, like any loyal husband, must ask himself, "What am I willing to do to get her back?"
Stacey Cochran's volatile blend of suspense and disorder suits this fast-paced story like a tightly-latched straightjacket. Every time you're allowed to creep further into Jason Roberts' mind--and permitted to walk back out--you find yourself having to ask the same questions over and over. Which part of this story is real, and which is from a sliding mind?
THE LONELIEST is a quick read and a powerful one, with an ending that doesn't shy away from the consequences of the decisions we make in life, nor the rewards we may reap for listening to that tiny (albeit sometimes crazy) little voice in our head.
And though it is felt that some scenes were lacking in the story, this is a must-read for any suspense or horror fan. It will have you jumping at that shadow in your periphery, even during the "safe" scenes. Well done, Cochran!