Friday, April 17, 2015

They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

They Call Me Crazy
They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every once in a while I like to pick up a book that’s outside the normal genres I read and They Call Me Crazy definitely fit the bill. I’m really not sure how to classify it as far as genres go because it’s not really a romance, although there is a teeny bit of romance in it; it’s not really a paranormal book, despite the fact that Cass’s grandmother is psychic and Cass sees dead people; it’s listed on Amazon as a mystery/thriller/suspense read, but with the way Ms. Gamble writes the story from multiple POVs it doesn’t really feel like a mystery because the reader is privy to most of what is going on. What it was, was an unearthing of family secrets of epic proportion with a big ole’ side of crazy.

Okay, so maybe it is a bit of mystery because as I try to think of what details about the storyline to include in my review, I keep hesitating as I don’t want to include a spoiler that ruins the book for someone else. The crux of the book is whether or not Cass killed her husband Roland. Even though Cass outright admits to the sheriff that she did it, we quickly learn that they don’t call her crazy for no reason because she is … or is she? The question of Cass’s sanity is just one of the aspects that made this such an enjoyable read for me. Ms. Gamble manages to address some major issues regarding mental health treatment in a very succinct matter and does it in such a way that its importance is highlighted without overshadowing the storyline.

As for Cass, she’s a hoot and a half. It’s not so much that she lacks a filter between her brain and her mouth as much as it is that doesn’t really care what others think. I found myself snickering in several places at her antics and the things that would come out of her mouth. Her spitfire attitude came in handy as she learned more and more about her husband posthumously. The man was no saint, not even close, and I’m surprised that someone didn’t off him years ago. Even though Cass can count on one hand the number of people who don’t hate her – she is an acquired taste kind of person after all – those that are truly close to her rally around her when she’s arrested and the rumors being to fly, including her husband’s brother Clay. Clay was just as enjoyable of a character and I absolutely loved the secret ingredient for his apple-spice cake. As one of the only people who knew how Roland really was, he never hesitated in his support of her. They Call Me Crazy was an outright enjoyable read for me as I was glued to my Kindle, waiting to see whose secret would be revealed next. Ms. Gamble has been added to my watch list.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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