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Dark, alive and intriguing,
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This review is from: Psycho Save Us (The Psycho Series, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)Psycho Save Us speaks to your emotions as well as your intellect. The story doesn't just have verisimilitude, it makes the world come alive with deep, complex characters that are only gradually revealed, mostly indirectly rather than in your face. You will instantly catch up in the gritty atmosphere which occasionally turns briefly graphical. It is a study of contrasts, but they are deep, coloured contrasts; there's nothing black or white about this book, in spite of the gravely serious things that take place in it.
Chad Huskins can portrait resonances of the deep, dark underworld like no one else, and he does it with strokes of familiarity that we can comprehend. In short, he makes the unreal seem real, which is possibly the best compliment I can give an author. Arguably the main character of the book, Spencer, is both antagonist and protagonist, and surprisingly easy to understand for a guy who listens to a voice in his head. That renders him a human quality that we can relate to, giving us a frightening insight in the mind of a psycho. It is definitely an unusual book, not quite a thriller, not quite a criminal story, although it has strong elements of both with a dash of fantasy sprinkled on top of it. Perhaps what I like the most is that it manages to be both intellectual and emotional at the same time.
It is a disturbing book, but one that makes you both think and feel as Spencer's world (hopefully) contrasts your own. If I were to compare it with anything, it would be the masterpiece Silence of the Lambs. If you read the book, you'll know what I mean. They're both about a person who is terrible, but understandable, and even sympathetic from time to time. Plus you want to know what happens to the girls, which is where the unexpected ending comes in. It also gives you a reason to freshen up your Russian.