"...loved it. Nicely written and interesting twist of inner thoughts, interesting first person character. Liked listening to his twisted thoughts... Loved the dialogue, too. Great story... Awesome work!" -Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club
"Rosch expertly explores the psychology of an alcoholic... The novel tackles sobriety, truth and guilt, engrossing the reader in Max's whirlwind of problems... While depicting the realizations of a recovering alcoholic, Rosch skillfully renders a unique story of a missing woman." - Kirkus Reviews
"I can honestly say I was completely engaged with every sentence written in this story, I could not read it fast enough... FantasticStuff, A Very Strong 5 Stars." - The Kindle Book Review"I couldn't put it down. ...when I'm ready to adapt a book into ascreenplay and direct my first narrative feature, I hope you'll allowme." - Erik Proulx, Director of Lemonade: Detroit"I highly recommend this story, as you will enjoy the mystery of it, aswell as the thought provoking introspection and the introduction to acommunity you may never have explored." -Anthea Carson, Indie Book Reviews"...to be inside the mind of a not-so former addict going through a life event that would boggle even the most sober, clear-headed person is whatkeeps you reading page after page without one thought of pausing foreven a glass of water." - Brianna Jacobson, Little Conqueror"...if you have never waited for a liquor store to open then you would stilllove the novel, perhaps subtract a star, but if you are a ChuckPalahniuk fan, add that star right back." - Mark Matthews, author of Stray and The Jade Rabbit
From the Author
I'd have never written this book without the gift of sobriety. When I set out to pen what would become my first novel, I was just about two years into my own recovery. At first, I considered writing a memoir in the vein of the many addiction memoirs that helped keep me sane during what was a good, but often trying, first year in Alcoholic's Anonymous. So many of those stories were the real difference between picking up the drink again and believing I could make it another day. Ultimately though, I decided there are one too many memoirs already. Why couldn't there be a piece of fiction that served a similar purpose? And so I set out to do that.
There would appear to be no specific place, no defined box, dedicated to recovery fiction-even as I'm certain other works are trying to provide the same experience I hope that mine will, for both the alcoholic and normies out there. This book isn't a memoir by definition-but my own addiction, alcoholism, and recovery from it, (specifically the first six months), shaped the themes, settings, interactions and lessons I believe it expresses. I crafted the morals into an engaging beach read suspense/thriller in the hopes that those adverse to more traditional recovery literature might give it a read. The plot is a fabrication, but at its core My Dead Friend Sarah, for me, was an attempt to bring to life the very real experiences I believe all human beings, especially alcoholics, experience on their varying paths to more peaceful, honest lives.