GENRES: Womens fiction/mystery
PUBLISHER: Red Adept Publishing
There is nothing easy about burying your husband.
While the novel’s main question – Did Cassie Adams murder her husband? – is obvious, the answer is anything but. From the very first sentence, author Kelly Stone Gamble coaxes (make that yanks) readers into a current of craziness. It’s clear that her novel, set in the fictional Deacon, Kansas, isn’t going to explore the expected everyday comforts and complexities of small town living. No, this mystery is going to take readers on a wild ride.
Gamble deftly usually multiple character perspectives to tell a story shrouded in secret fears, longings and . . . well, secrets. The plot, though fairly straightforward, doesn’t succumb to a linear, logical path, and this approach is spot on for spinning the narrative toward an unexpected ending.
Cass Adams is sassy, introspective and in a heap of trouble. Once she’s accused of – and admits to – killing her husband Roland, her ensuing adventure sets a larger unraveling in motion. The use of flashbacks and internal dialogue is fresh and engaging, and intriguing characters like Cassie’s grandmother Babe, brother-in-law Clay and former childhood friend Maryanne seem as real as the people we encounter in the produce aisle or sit near on the bleachers at a football game.
They Call me Crazy has too many twists and turns to count. In fact, the biggest challenge in writing this review is not divulging something that might spoil the reading experience.
The solution? A trip to Deacon, Kansas, is in order.
Gamble isn’t afraid to dig deep. Her patience is as pervasive and powerful as her wicked-sharp wit and crackerjack writing ability. Gamble’s refusal to rush allows the story to come to a rolling boil before she transforms that bubbling heat into something elemental and unexpected.
The characters in They Call Me Crazy inhabit a place readers will recognize – a world where relationships may crumble and even the best of intentions can warp into unfortunate consequences, but a sense of connection and understanding remain.
The residents of Deacon don’t adhere to houseguest etiquette, so don’t expect their “visit” to be brief. Once they find their way into your imagination, they won’t be leaving anytime soon – and you won’t want them to.
5 stars - TOP PICK!
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Yvonne Lieblein is a writer and creative producer who lives in the seaside village of Greenport, NY. Her debut novel with a musical soundtrack, The Wheelhouse Café, will be released this summer. You can find her at yvonnelieblein.com.