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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (September 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075F1DQ2Q
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A warm September morning sees “a sea of commuters” boarding trains to the city. Travellers, seemingly anonymous, only interested in getting to their work. When a stark-naked man steps onto the platform, the other travellers barely notice it, until he addresses a passenger and starts shouting incantations. Before the public know it, the man, Mark, is lying down on the platform and no one has a clue as to what to do. The two British Transport policemen, who happen to be present, have no other choice but to apprehend Mark (they do not know his name but we do!) and bring him to the nearest hospital where he is admitted to the psychiatric ward.
This is a fascinating and insightful thriller about psychiatric treatment and diagnosis. The outset of this psychological novel is based upon true events I was totally drawn in and took sides before I knew it! I loved the character Monica whose perceptions and opinions we learn, seeing what occurs through her eyes. It is good that the author shows us a caring nurse – as the outcome of the novel might induce discussions about the NHS which would distract from the topic of this novel.
The novel is well-written and keeps you intrigued as you have to know how this will end although I must say the last paragraph felt detracting and uncharacteristic of the book. Mark is a likeable protagonist (as are his looks!) who somehow gets trapped into his own scheme. I did feel a pang of regret that this book, as a work of fiction, does not address the outset of the true events (sorry, I have to phrase carefully) but instead, comes up with a horrible bully as Psychiatrist. It would have been interesting to read what happens if the Consulting Psychiatrist was a caring professional but then again, it was fascinating to see how the system allows them to go unchallenged. In the end, that is the author’s prerogative and I found this psychological thriller enjoyable and entertaining.
This book is a very unique interpretation of the issues that surround Mental Health and the abuse that patients endure in the name of ‘treatment’. Unfortunately it is probably a pretty accurate view of what goes on in Psychiatric wards and the treatment some patients are subjected to.
I felt the characters could have had a bit more depth and while I found the book realistic in some ways there were a few parts that I am still unsure about. However, it is fiction and a very good read.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.
Mark was such a conundrum to work out, but a genuinely likeable character.
An extremely interesting insight in to the possibilities of power being in the wrong hands.
Having worked a short stint in one of my previous careers in a Hospital I found the descriptive nature of writing transporting me back there.
I found Emma and Monica's working relationship and friendship brought so much personality and credibility to the story.
With such a powerful storyline and being filled with dread for Mark, A.B.Morgan peppered it with humour making this a fantastic read, especially if like me you love "people watching" and trying to work out the human mind.
An extremely well crafted debut novel, with a storyline that I found original and powerful. With atinge of what if and sadness, I thoroughly enjoyed this read for various reasons and impressed with the style of A B Morgan's debut novel.
Focusing on mental health, being sectioned and medical malpractice, you wouldn't think there'd be much humour involved, but dark humour (my favourite kind,) is used well and appears natural in the situations it's used in.
I have to give special mention to two of the main characters, for very different reasons. Dr Sharman, I'm sure, will be universally hated by readers of this book. I hope his kind of bed-side manner is the minority, and that nurses like Monica are the majority - people who actually care for and respect the patients on their wards.
I found this a thought provoking read. How many doctors care more for the payments they receive from the big pharmaceuticals then they do their patients? How many nurses would stand up for patients rights?
If you like a book that keeps you thinking about it after you've finished it, I recommend you read this one.
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