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Ever imagined what it's like to be a paranoid schizophrenic? This book will show you. You will cringe from the emotions invoked by this thriller. You might even become a little paranoid yourself.
The protagonist, Argus, of this book already knows that he has a problem. However, he also knows that his medication controls it. So, what happens when he sees a naked stewardess serving drinks on a plane and none of the other passengers notice? Well, he must be going crazy again, right?
There are many plot twists and turns while Argus goes on a journey to try to figure out what is real and what is not. He also needs to clear himself of a murder charge. This is a bit difficult to do while in a mental institution.
Reading this book will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down. I was actually sad to see it end.
Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars
Argus is a very logical character. Although he suffers from a mental illness, readers can easily put themselves in his shoes to understand the realistic decisions made by him.
I did wonder at times why he didn't spare a little more thought to his wife and child.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
This book is extremely well written with tight, concise prose. Every single sentence forwards the plot and story line.
Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars
This is a self-published work without an error to be found. It is of better quality than many commercially published books. The Kindle formatting is also excellent.
Rating: PG-13 due to minimal violence and mature psychological issues
...until he sees a naked flight attendant on a corporate jet and begins a slow, torturous descent into insanity.
Argus suspects someone discovered his secret and sabotaged his medication to make him go crazy.
But how can he know anything for sure when he can't even distinguish what's real from what isn't?
And therein lies the premise of Eric Christopherson's "Crack-Up" - one of the BEST thrillers I've read in ages.
Christopherson is a master storyteller. His first book is easily in the same class as the giants of the genre.
"Crack-Up" is an incredible debut novel and an absolute must-read.
What happens when the lines between reality and delusion start to blur? Paranoid schizophrenic Argus Ward sees and hears things, but how much of it is real? What about the voices telling him to kill his most famous client...
Crack-up hooked me from the start. By the end, I was almost as paranoid as Argus. A fast-paced, excellently crafted thriller, gripping from start to finish. I look forward to reading more from this author.
The main character, Argus Ward, is a "high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic" with a seemingly good life. He has a wife, children, and a high-paying job as a security consultant. All of that goes downhill when his medication fails and he kills one of his high-profile clients. But was it a case of medication failing, or something more sinister at work?
The suspense in "Crack-up" works well because we're never entirely sure what events are real and what is only the delusions of Argus' schizophrenia. It's possible that Argus was the pawn of a major conspiracy to murder his client, John Helms, or it's possible the conspiracy is only as real as the voice of Darth Vader talking from the air vent. Christopherson's writing keeps you guessing until the end as you try to figure out the truth from an unreliable narrator.
There is some nudity in this story, as well as cursing and tense situations. I would recommend "Crack-up" for ages 16 and older.
The fast pace of this book makes it feel short, although it's actually a pretty good length for a novel. It's well written, with almost no formatting errors, and kept me entertained with it's unusual and original premise. Despite it's fantastic nature, the novel actually reads like it's a believable situation and you will find yourself second guessing your first assumptions over and over again.
A great read. Well worth the 99 cents they were charging for it in Kindle edition. I'm looking for other novels by this author, and I wouldn't be surprised if they up the price soon because the quality is worth much more than that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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This was a different read for me. For the most part I did enjoy the book. How difficult life is for people with mental issues. Good read. I found it hard to put down..Published on July 17, 2013 by Kathy Gisi
This book had times that were outright hilarious, and times that were unbelievably full of suspense. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Killa
Fast paced novel that keeps you reading to the end as fast as you can. The book also makes you aware that maybe a big brother could be created.Published on June 7, 2012 by Anna M. Licona
I like this book because: I like books written in the first person, I like espionage-type books, I like paychological thrillers, I like lots of surprises, I like stories where the... Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by authorpholloway
This was on okay read, not horrible, but not exhilarating either. The story is basically about mental illness and the stigma attached to that in the United States. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I ENJOYED THE BEGINNING AND THEN IT GOT WEIRDER AND WEIRDER. I TOLD MYSELF I WOULD FINISH THIS BOOK AND I DID. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by BONFOGLIO
This book was so excitng for me, I couldn't put it down. I loved trying to figure out what was real and what was imagined.Published on June 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Not bad read, good idea of what goes on the mind of people with mental disorders/diseases. Humerous @ times, especialy towards the end when Argus hasn't taken his meds. Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Becca
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