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Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Boy was I wrong, I couldn't put the Kindle down and read it in 2 days. Argus Ward is an ex Secret Service agent who had a dark hidden secret he is a schizophrenic. He controls his illness by medication but slowly his world unravels and he is accused of murder.
I won't say more than that except this book was worth every penny.
Then he starts seeing things - like a naked flight attendant on his plane. Then he starts hearing things - voices issuing strange and menacing commands. What's going on? Trouble, that's what, and Argus is soon knee-deep in it, charged with the murder of his most famous client.
Did he do it? If so, why, when he faithfully takes his daily medication?
Crack-up is by turns funny, exciting and actually quite scary - a truly original premise brilliantly executed. The action never lets up, with lots of twists and turns along the way. With a paranoid narrator, Christopherson has a lot of fun. Just about anything goes when you're in that mental state.
I have to say the behaviour of the cops (who were presumably meant to be sane) strained my credulity at several points. That didn't stop me enjoying this zany tale immensely, but it did almost cost the fifth star on the rating!
This is an exhilarating roller-coaster read, worth many times the modest price tag.
I think that the author must have had a lot of fun writing this book - it is really hard at times to tell reality from insanity (which is the whole point of course) and I warmed quickly to the lead character. It gave me a very interesting insight into the world of temporary insanity. The storyline was well thought out and there was no "filler" - everything in the book was necessary to the story and it flew along at a fantastic pace!
I didn't give the book 5 stars as I tried to consider if I would have been disappointed if I'd paid the average paperback price for it and for me the answer is yes, I would, but if I'm honest, I don't usually buy this kind of book unless it has been vastly reduced in price, simply because this is not the type of genre that appeals to me. But it was absolutely better than I was expecting and entertained me far more than other books I've read in this genre (for example Dean Koontz, The Good Guy - waaaay too far-fetched for me)
Definitely 5 stars for value for money but I personally found the story itself a tad far-fetched and very hollywood-esque at times - however if this is the kind of thing that you like in a book then this is definitely one you should buy, you'll not be disappointed!
I bought the book because of the interesting premise - a high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic who did close protection work for the US Secret Service and now runs a successful private security company - and also because I've been enjoying sampling self-published authors on the Kindle at a very low price.
It's gripping from the very beginning, and stays well-paced throughout. The characters are believable and sympathetic, especially the protagonist Argus Ward. I was interested to see how the psychotic episodes would be handled, as the book is written in the first person, and they were done very well, with humour and sensitivity. The parts where Ward's medication was just starting to wear off and the madness kick in were particularly poignant.
I wasn't 100% convinced by the reveal at the end, but funnily enough this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
A cracking read - I look forward to reading more of Eric Christopherson's work. I've read paperback thrillers backed by huge poster ad campaigns that weren't one tenth as polished or well-written as this.
Betrayal, frustration (to say the least!) when the professionals even refuse to listen. I echo everything good thats already been said about this book.
Yes it does stretch incredulity - especially some of the injuries sustained, and escapes from various situations.....but hey, it all had to happen to keep pace so its forgivable.
I laughed out loud towards the end when 'dancing' was involved - I wont say more. But it shows this author's sense of humour - not to say, knowledge of dance moves.
Loved it and now looking for other offerings. Already read Frame Up which was brilliant....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like psychological thrillers usually but this was too similar to The Prophet Motive for me to enjoy it and it shares the same faults. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Kathy
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, could not put this down, good story and well written, will lookout for further books from this authorPublished on 14 Oct. 2013 by brian
A really good psychological drama, especially for those who work in the field of mental health. It gives a good insight into the person suffering from a mental illnessesPublished on 23 July 2013 by kimbo
This is a clever thriller and you get drawn into the world of Argus who is descending into psychosis and desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities while he... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2012 by Galning
Excellent story. After reading the first chapter or so I thought this was going to be another poor thriller story but I was wrong. It is an excellent plot and well worth a read.Published on 4 Dec. 2011 by Airline Traveller
It was cheap and unique, so I thought I'd give it a go. Well, it certainly was different and it was brilliant :-)Published on 6 Sept. 2011 by Southampton girl
I read this book on Kindle in a day. It has a good plot running through it with a unexpected twist at the end. Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by Book worm
It's hard to review this without giving any plot away.
But what I will say is that it was such a good read. I wasn't sure whether Argus was or wasn't sane at points. Read more
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