Insane & Out

Adult
Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Doomed to embark on a downward spiral of self realisation, Jason embezzles the Inland Revenue, saves the skin of a mafiosi businessman, corrupts the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and commits a grotesque and absurd murder. All this merely to uncover the crime, the calumny that has rotted his soul all along. The radio message from beyond is: There’s just one way out – go insane.

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Words: 37,740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476216577

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Review by: Mary C. Moore on Sep. 28, 2012 :
Price gives us a unique look into a man's slow decent into madness. Jason is haunted by a bitter divorce, unsatisfactory living situation, a wicked boss and a darkness unnamed. He moves into an old house bequeathed to him by his deceased uncle, whom he has never met, where he runs into a problem with the man renting his uncle's garage. The power struggle between the man and Jason eclipses all other factors in Jason's life, until it explodes.

We are introduced to our main character, Jason, via a train ride where he interacts with a stranger called the Wolfman by the narrator. This first chapter is clunky and hard to read. It is layered with unnecessary adverbs and adjectives and comes close to turning off the reader all together, and to add injury to insult, the Wolfman is not seen again in the story, making the chapter feel pointless. However, it was not so bad that I couldn't push on through to the part where Jason hatches a scheme with one of his clients, to screw his boss. The writing smooths out and my interest was piqued. So I continued through a few more chapters where the scheme is carried out and the tension builds, but nothing really happens. Quite frankly I was losing interest. And then... Chapter Nine begins. This is where we meet the true genius of the writer. I know, you may ask, not until Chapter Nine? But this is a novella with twenty chapters, so Chapter Nine is not all that far along. All of the other plot lines fade away as Jason gets more and more obsessed with his neighbor who is renting his garage. THIS is what is worth reading, what is worth all four stars, what truly makes this piece a gem of an indie work. I was absorbed in the fascinating mindset of the man who is going insane. This part was really well written.

The ending was a bit abrupt, but satisfactory. I believe with some more work, and serious editorial input, T.J. Price could have a masterpiece novella on his hands. As it is right now, it is worth a read.
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Review by: El Chupacabra Independent on Sep. 13, 2012 :
T J Price deserves a seat in the big leagues for his work with this title. The writing is on par and even better than many best sellers. I only wish the story was longer.
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Review by: Stuart Oldfield on Aug. 26, 2012 :
What a great little book! Probably the best 'indie' authored book I've read to date. The story was plausible, the characters well-drawn and realistic, and the main character's gradual descent into insanity was believable and chilling. I'm a big fan!
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