Dr. Christopher Kellan receives a new patient to evaluate at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital’s Alpha Twelve Ward. One Donnie Ray Smith has been accused of killing 10 young girls and its up to Dr. Kellan to determine if his patient is faking insanity. As he delves deeper into the case, he sustains a minor head injury from an auto accident. He questions how minor the injury was when bizarre things begin to happen around him and his own sanity comes into question.
Twisted becomes a cross between a M. Night Shymalan movie and a Lifetime Network movie. While Andrew Kaufman’s writing style is very good, the story is also very cliched and predictable. While watching Kellan’s mind begin to unravel has its eerie moments, there is very little suspense. This type of story has been done many times and done better. I was hoping that Twisted would have a surprise ending. Alas, no such luck and by the 75% mark, I was simply enduring the story. If you’re into reading tales where the main character may or may not be losing their mind, pick up a Greg Gifune novel to see how it should be done.
3 out of 5 stars
The preceding was based on an eARC obtained through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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