Songs of the Maniacs
By Mickey J. Corrigan
Genre: New Adult urban crime, romantic suspense, psychological thriller
When the real you is someone you don't know, then you sing the songs of the maniacs.
Who are we when we lose everything, including our personalities? From her office at a mental health institute in the tropics, a troubled young woman counsels deeply disturbed clients while coping with her own heightening concerns. These include frightening consciousness lapses, violent memories of a high school sexual relationship, a menacing stalker, and an annoyingly arousing visitor who may or may not be insane. All this on a single stormy day at a time when a new mental health disorder has become epidemic and is threatening to distort memory and identity, unmooring the validity of reality itself.
A seductive and chilling novella, Songs of the Maniacs takes readers on a fascinating descent into the abyss beneath the lush surfaces of contemporary American paradise.
I found this novella to be fascinating. Mental health issues are always an interesting facet in novels. I enjoyed how the author twisted the plot to bring a personality disorder in the mind of the counselor as well as the patients. The “professional” struggles with her own visions and sexual fantasies while treating the ill.
Set alongside the ocean is perfect because the flow of the emotions, and characters, and turmoil blends together like waves crashing into each other. Be careful not to skip a sentence in this story or you might miss a captivating moment. The line between reality and dreams is very fine.
This is a must read for fans of the dark and psychological thrillers!
Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida. She publishes with pulpy presses with names like Breathless, Champagne and Bottom Drawer. Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series from The Wild Rose Press (Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, Tequila Dirty); and the thriller Sugar Babies. Salt Publishing recently released the neo-noir novel Songs of the Maniacs.