Review: Insanity by Lauren Hammond

13557662“Adelaide’s mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father. Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him. Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love. And they had a plan. They were going to run away.”

The Good: The writing style was excellent. I had received a warning about this story from friends that recommended the series to me, so from the moment I started reading I was paying extra attention to the way the writer wanted the story to be told. Mrs. Hammond didn’t disappoint. I was able to immerse in the (crazy) world of Adelaide and try to differentiate what was true and what seemed true. This book is called insanity for a reason and readers will be left wondering about their own sanity.

The Bad: The plot, while not complicated, it is a bit confusing. Even while that was the intent, I think it was a little over done. Sometimes the main character’s banter was repetitive and while the character development was good, I just couldn’t connect with the characters themselves. I obviously sided with the main character as she’s the narrator but she lacked charisma and I concluded that she is indeed mentally disturbed.

The Ugly: This trilogy is on hold, the third book has been pushed back several times and I will hold on until the final installment is out before I read the second book. Readers have to be in the right mind-set to enjoy this story. While the mystery is great, the romance is rather weak.

Overall a very interesting read with great ratings from other readers. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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