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Strike Me Dead Paperback – October 30, 2014
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Excellent read, I hope Mr Goodwin publishes more of his work in the near future.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review
It must be so scary to have a mental disease and not know whether what you are experiencing is real or just a hallucination. James Champion has schizophrenia. He knows that he tends to see things that aren't there, but when a 16 year old girl disappears, he keeps noticing patterns that can help find her. The story keeps going back and forth between James' story and that of Morgan Finn, a good Catholic boy who starts believing that God is talking to him – and not precisely telling him to eat his veggies. The writing is at times a little confusing, but the story is compelling and the ending excellent. James is especially well fleshed out and you never see him like a list of symptoms, but as a human being who is fighting hard against his own very brilliant mind.
"Strike Me Dead" rolls along at a really fast pace. It's a quick read thanks to the great writing, short chapters (which lure you into "just one more chapter"), and the complexly simple characters.
There are a few surprises along the way - this is a very clever story, and Bob Goodwin seems to have a knack for pulling the rug out from under your feet!
There are a few problems with missing words and such, but nothing major.
Well worth reading - and keeping and keeping an eye on this author's future offerings.