Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Only paid 0.99 for the book, so all in all glad i read it just one more i can put in my archive on my kindle or delete , not sure yet.
Eric Christopherson's debut novel is a psychological thriller with twists and turns. Is he paranoid? Is it real? He easily blurs the reality line in Cracked-Up. Christopherson is masterful with his descriptions of what being a paranoid schizophrenic would be like. I couldn't tell what was real and what was "an episode" at certain points. I was sure Argus Ward had "Cracked-Up" and then I was sure he was sane and so the cycle went until the end. If you're in the mood for twists and turns, pick this one up. I plan on reading more by Mr. Christopherson.
The plot definitely kept me hooked and reading whenever I could. The writing style is very good, no formatting problems or typos, although I think the author abused a little bit of the past perfect. The ending was very well done too and the final premise left me thinking of how this advanced technological era we're starting to face nowadays could be used to control our relatively predictable human (or should I say, animal) behavior...
At a price of U$ 0.99 usually the waste of time bothers more than the waste of money, but with "Crack-Up" you won't waste either of them. That's a really enjoyable book.