With characters that feel alive, a fast moving plot and a few surprises on the way, Shared Madness is the perfect audiobook to spend your Sunday afternoon with.
Zack Tripler, a psychiatrist, admits to the hospital Youssef al Saud, an agitated young Saudi American, in the midst of what appears to be a psychotic break. Youssef has been hearing voices and was found hiding with his laptop in the woods from unidentified assailants whom he believes are trying to kill him. He's found coded messages on the laptop that he suspects portend a terrorist plot.
When Youssef is found dead, either by suicide or murder, Zack develops symptoms similar to Youssef's, hearing voices and catching glimpses of his dead patient, whom he believes is trying to kill him, then witnesses the murder of another of his patients. He becomes entangled with Youssef's widow Jamilah in her efforts to solve the mystery of her husband's death and the coded message on his computer, but nothing in Zack's world is as it appears as he swings between concern for her safety and suspicion that she is responsible for Youssef's death and part of the terrorist plot that he suspected.
Zack narrates his own story, his descent into madness, and the terror he endures as he struggles to hang onto the last remnants of his sanity.
Rick Moskovitz has created a well-plotted story that pulled me in from the very beginning. The dialogues are skillfully written and I enjoyed the way the anxiety of Youssef is captured in the story, thanks to the brilliant dialogue...The pacing is good, the prose excellent, and the character arcs are impeccably achieved. This novel will appeal to readers who enjoy Psychological thrillers with memorable characters and strong plot points. It is a page-turning story that had me racing from chapter to chapter….
I loved the clear and powerful voice of Joe Smith and his ability to communicate the drama and the points of view. I also loved the plot and how the narrator captured the pacing through the professional audio recording. 5 Stars
Rick Moskovitz held me rapt from the beginning of Shared Madness. As a psychiatrist himself, Moskovitz was able to add authenticity to this work. All of the characters were fascinating, but Zack was especially sympathetic. Because Shared Madness was told solely from Zack's perspective, I couldn't determine what in the novel was real and what wasn't, which made the story even more riveting. The descriptions were phenomenal, and the complex plot was expertly crafted with just the right balance of suspense and action. This story kept me guessing, leading me down a path that held one twist after another.
Shared Madness by Rick Moskovitz is a gripping, superbly crafted
psychological thriller with captivating narration by Joe Smith. 5 Stars
Shared Madness is a mesmerizing story crafted by a great storyteller and narrated by a professional with a seductive and captivating voice. The plot is tight, with twists that I enjoyed….Shared Madness grips the reader strongly and gives them no room to get distracted. This is one of the few audiobooks that I would gladly recommend to anyone looking for a story with beautiful prose, strong psychological underpinnings, and extraordinary characters.