I am delighted to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for A Justifiable Madness by A B Morgan
There are still a few remaining stops on the tour, here’s where it’s heading next.
A fast-moving psychological thriller you won’t be able to put down
Can you really tell the difference between madness and sanity?
Mark Randall goes to great lengths to get himself admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and, despite being mute, convinces professionals that he is psychotic. But who is he and why is he so keen to spend time in a psychiatric hospital?
When Mark is admitted, silent and naked, the staff are suspicious about his motives.
Dealing with this, as well as the patients on the ward, Mark’s troubles really begin once he is Sectioned under the Mental Health Act. When decisions about his future are handed to Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Giles Sharman, Mark’s life goes from bad to worse.
Drugged, abused and in danger, Mark looks for a way out of this nightmare. But he’s about to learn, proving that you are sane might not be easy as it sounds…
I have to be honest, when I first began reading this I did wonder whether it would be my cup of tea. The entire concept seemed bizarre and I wasn’t sure if it would how well it would work. Well, I’m pleased to say that I loved it. I devoured this book in two sittings, all within 24 hours.
We initially meet Mark as he disembarks from the train, completely naked apart from a pair of worn leather sandals. He wanders around the station, blessing people he meets and muttering in an unknown language.
Understandably he is detained under the Mental Health Act and transferred to a local psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Whilst there he attracts the attention of the other patients and one of the nurses who all notice that he’s a little different but can’t put their finger on why.
As the book progresses we find out more about Mark and why he was trying to get himself sectioned. As the pieces start to fall into place you begin to wonder if he will get out.
This story is completely different to anything I have read before and it made a refreshing change. The sensitive subject matter was dealt with perfectly whilst retaining an element of mystery to keep the reader hooked.
The characters were well thought out and although I liked the main characters of Mark and Maria, I must admit my favourite was Phil, one of the patients on the ward.
Whilst reading I found myself willing the characters on and hoping things would work out for them. However, there are no spoilers here so you will have to find out for yourself.
All in all A Justifiable Madness is a very enjoyable read with an insightful look at psychiatry in the 1990’s. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book by this author.
Many thanks to Alison, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
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About the Author
Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.
Alison has worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line, where she eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes, and her career temporarily juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis, but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.
With her health steadily improving thanks to the staff at Papworth Hospital, Alison hopes to return to nursing part-time, but is determined to keep writing fiction. Her debut novel A Justifiable Madness is inspired by her life and career as a psychiatric nurse, and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Her second novel, Divine Poison, also published by Bloodhound books is due for release in January 2018.
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