Title: They Call Me Crazy
Author: Kelly Stone Gamble
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Content Warning: Mild sexual content
Age Recommendation: 16+
Formats Available: Mobi, ePub
~ Synopsis ~
Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.
The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.
Because of this book I may never want to eat another piece of Spice Cake, ever! This was a fun read that I was not real sure I would enjoy at first. I was a bit lost at the beginning, but then the story and the writing style sort of came together, and I discovered a real gem of a book.
The perspective jumps around between the various characters with every chapter change. I liked the way past events were woven into the current mystery storyline. It gave all the characters additional depth and helped me to understand their current situations better.
I loved the twists and turns and I was on the fence the entire book wondering what really happened to Roland. One of my favorite characters was Cass’s brother-in-law, Richard! I loved his witty and wise come-backs and the way he could argue a defense. I really got caught up in the lives of the characters and enjoyed every minute in their company. I particularly thought it ended well and I was left feeling optimistic and happy.
I received this book through the Kindle Unlimited lending program.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
~ About the Author ~
Kelly Stone Gamble’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including Red Earth Review, Tower Journal, Family Digest and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her fiction has won awards from Writers Weekly, Writers Courtyard, Women on Writing and the Ground Zero Literary Project.
She teaches communications, humanities and literature at Southeast Oklahoma State University and lives in Idabel, Oklahoma.