I can sum up Alan Spencer’s novel PSYCHO THERAPY with one word: brilliant. Absolutely, utterly brilliant, in every sense of the word. I have not read a book this riveting in a long time; it pulled me in and forced me to tear through it in just a couple of days time. Needless to say, I highly recommend it and feel it should be one of your first reads of 2013.
If you are not familiar with PSYCHO THERAPY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:
The horrors are all in your mind!
Craig Horsy’s first visit to a therapist is hardly what he expected. Dr. Krone’s unorthodox treatment begins by hooking Craig up to a device the doctor claims can take him back to relive the memories of his past and mend his damaged psyche.
But instead the machine taps into Craig’s worst subconscious fears. Monsters, madmen and incredible terrors now turn his past into a nightmare. To survive the sadistic game, Craig must somehow uncover the truth about Dr. Krone and escape the machine while battling deadly visions determined to steal his sanity—and his life. Only one thing is certain: If he dies in his mind, he’ll die in reality.
I’m going to have a hard time putting into words just how much I enjoyed this book. It is simply that good. The story is fresh, the writing is strong, the voice is unique, and, well, it’s just downright entertaining. I do not have a single negative thing to say about it.
PSYCHO THERAPY is very well written; the prose has a nice, even flow, and the pacing of the story is perfect. The storyline moves swiftly, allowing for complete immersion into the events as they unfold. Even the characters themselves are multi-dimensional and believable.
I have to specifically point out that Spencer does a phenomenal job with the horror aspect of the novel; and believe me, there’s plenty of horror here. His descriptions of some of the atrocities that chase the main character in the book will give you nightmares. Likewise, the author has a nice flair for gore. I would LOVE to see a movie adaptation of PSYCHO THERAPY for many reasons, but one in particular would be to see if the director could get the gore right.
PSYCHO THERAPY is a fright-filled rocket ship that will blast you into a new world of terror. I am marking it as Number One on your Must Read List for 2013 so far, so be sure and make a note. And since the book does not release for several weeks, mark it on your calendar so you don’t miss it. Oh, and be sure to drop author Alan Spencer a line after you read it; from what his author bio says, he loves to get e-mail. I’m sure he’d love your feedback as well.