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A Brief Madness

A Brief Madness [Kindle Edition]

Karisha Kal'ee'ay
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Linden House Publishing is proud to announce the selection of A Brief Madness as a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

A Brief Madness:

While serial murderer Richard Earl Dayle lies dying of heart failure, he desperately urges his limbs to push the soft earth over his final victims. Preserving his persona is ultimately more important to him than survival. With the discovery of his crimes, his family is faced with a mystery: How could this be the man they all loved?

As Richard's mother, daughter, wife, and ex-wife seek answers to this question, Karisha Kal'ee'ay illuminates their guilt, shame, and anger. Although the unfolding psychological and emotional drama reveals them as the victims they truly are, their laughter and affection transform a shared bereavement into an unbreakable bond.

Searching for sympathy in a grief support group, Richard's widow Ember finds herself viewed with morbid fascination and suspicion. After all, is it really safe to befriend the wife of a serial killer? In time she grows close to a mourning transsexual whose circumstances are even more tragic than her own. As this relationship progresses, its surprising repercussions lead these unusual survivors through a remarkable evolution.

Living in a small town in rural Georgia has always made Frances feel isolated, but after her son's crimes are uncovered she becomes an outcast. Perhaps it's time to sell her home, the place where her son grew up, but first she feels it necessary to gather with those Richard left behind in the hope that they can help each other understand what drove him to kill. 

Attempting to manage her own sorrow, Richard's teenage daughter Bridgett sets out to document the stories of his victims. This project brings together a curious cast of characters that will force Richard's family to confront the dark, hidden history of the man they thought they knew.

When a murderer takes a victim, anguish and misery are predictable, but when he is exposed, it is the death of his facade that his loved ones must cope with. A Brief Madness is a fresh exploration into the aftermath of a serial killer's violence, as seen from the perspective of the murderer's own family.

Also by Karisha Kal'ee'ay: Waiting to Know You.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Linden House Publishing (29 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K0E4PW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #606,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! 24 Nov 2012
By Jenni
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I finished this book last night & didn't want it to end!! It's well written with a great a dead serial killer's actions impact upon his family, from his mother, to an ex-wife, his widow, his daughter & many others who enter into his widow's life. Ember (the widow) opens her home to a variety of characters including a female-to-male transsexual, a dying old woman, a deranged woman who has murdered her paedophile father & now has amnesia......such a rich character list!!

Occasionally I lost track of who was who & had to take a few moments to think it through but this is just a very small criticism. All-in-all this is a wonderful book that explores the human condition & is well worth reading. Well done Karisha Kal'ee'ay!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book! 31 Aug 2011
By Eskae - Published on
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The entire time I was reading this book, I was thinking about how it was such a unique way to approach the topic of murder or crime fiction. When I read stories in the news about a murderer, I always wonder what his or her family is going through, but I don't remember ever reading a book that delved into that topic in any depth before. In A Brief Madness (an absolutely perfect title) the author uses an amazing amount of imagination and insight into other peoples' feelings to be able to approach the topic of murder from the point of view of the murderer's family members. Richard's family members and other characters in the book are dealing with various stories of grief that are each deeply personal. As the characters each deal with their particular tragedies in their own ways, you get to know their flaws and limitations as well as their generosity and humor. As in Karisha Kal'ee'ay's first book, this novel makes one consider how we are sometimes quick to cast judgment on others when there is often much about them that we don't understand. And once again, despite the deep and sometimes heavy topics discussed in the book, when you come to the end you find yourself feeling light and hopeful. This is one of those books that it is hard to stop reading once you begin because you become so interested in the characters and their stories, which I think says a lot for the author's writing ability and style.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book 8 May 2012
By Adam Hollingsworth - Published on
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As in her first novel,Waiting to Know You, Kal'ee'ay's unique and interesting characters make this book a joy to read. The story is fascinating and skillfully presented as she brings a diverse cast together and lets you follow along on their various emotional as well as geographical adventures. I enjoyed the way the book provides insight into the complex mind and background of the serial killer in stages. As you learn more about him, so do the other characters, but from their unique perspectives. Kal'ee'ay has the ability to make me understand her characters from the inside out in a sympathetic way, so that I even developed a new perspective about the feelings, thoughts, and struggles of a serial killer. But what is even more fascinating is the story of his family, friends, and others affected by his life. All of these complex characters have incredible stories as well, and their journey in the wake of the murderer's life was absorbing. As with her other writings, I love how Kal'ee'ay deals with the important subjects and stages of life. The way she thoughtfully addressed these issues left me with new insight and created powerful moments throughout the book. I couldn't recommend this book enough for a unique and compelling read.
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