2 out of 4 stars
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Delirium by Kathryn Woodby is a psychological thriller about the mental disorders of a woman named Jackie. The events described in the book are primarily fictional, but most of the characters are based on real people. The writer's tone is simple, casual, and informal, thereby grasping the reader's attention in the story.
The story begins with the introduction of Jackie, the main character of the story. Jackie suffered from bipolar disorder from a very young age. She was raped by a boy named Zach during her teenage years. The rape left her pregnant with a baby boy, which she decided to give up for adoption. Before giving him to the nurses, she heard that the name given to him by his foster family would be Mitchell. Jackie fell in love with her doctor, who tried to find ways to improve her condition. The doctor was named Bill, and he also had romantic feelings for her. Bill and Jackie were married and had a son that they called Jr. However, will Jackie remain happy, will tragedy come to her house?
There were plenty of characteristics that I enjoyed in this novel. Firstly, the author included some poems to the text, which were very creative, original, and authentic, thereby adding beauty and variety to the text. The poems had some profound and dark themes, such as suicide, grief, and mental disorders, making the reader ponder deeply about them. Moreover, the author made the reader aware of mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, through the story, allowing him/her to enter the mind of a person suffering from these disorders. What I liked most about the book was that it had incredible suspense and action, as the author was able to successfully make the text a nail-biting thriller.
Nevertheless, I also found some negative features in this book. To begin with, I found lots of grammatical errors in the story, which demoted the writer’s status and image, making her look slightly unprofessional. What I disliked most about the novel was that it had an incoherent and incohesive structure, which made the storyline confusing and difficult to adequately understand.
This book will be appreciated most by readers who are suffering from mental disorders or know people who have some mental illness. Young readers should avoid this story, as there are some sexual descriptions and profane language. This book can be enjoyed by readers of all religions, including non-religion.
To conclude, I rate this book with 2 out of 4 stars. I removed two stars from the score due to the unprofessional editing and the confusion in the text. However, I could not justify a lower rating, as this was an original, engaging, and interesting novel.
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