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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don't Look Down by David Laing Dawson

Publisher: Bridgeross Communications
Pages: 194

From the Cover: Four men, age 18 to 81, have murdered, and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward of a mental hospital. Who better to get inside their heads, and find both the tragedy and comedy of their lives than Canadian psychiatrist and novelist David Laing Dawson. Three of Dawson's previous novels, Last Rights, Double Blind, and Essondale have been published in seven European countries, the US and the UK. Dawson's novels have been described as a cross between Elmore Leonard and Seinfeld and as close to reality as it gets.

Henry is an 81 year old man who has lost his grip on reality. First his wife dies from cancer when they are both in their 70's. Marion wanted to try some whacking Mexican cure, but the shyster just steals their money. Dixie comes into his life soon after and for 10 years, it's a new lease on life. Then cancer comes again, but this time, Dixie begs Henry; Please, Please.

Frank is a middle aged Socio/Psychopath. He's abuse as a child by his mother. He's blamed for his father's death. He's abused and has abused; mentally, physically, and drugs of all kinds. He's evil to his soul.

Joseph has suffered of all of his life. He trusts no one. He's paranoid and hearing voices. He believes his wife has never been faithful. He knows he's no good and he will be punished; there will only be one escape for him.

David is an 18 year old boy with disillusions. He's schizophrenic, obsessive compulsive disordered. He tries to keep the voices of other from invading his mind; he wets his hair and wraps his head. Evilness scares him. He knows he can be the hand of God. There will be only one escape for him as well.

Don't Look Down is the journey of these four men, held at mental facility that keeps the inmates compliant with medication of all kinds. If you do look down, it's further than you think to fall.

Don't Look Down by David Laing Dawson is a psychological thriller about four men capable of the worse crime imaginable. Henry has released his live in from the pain and suffering as she had been begging. Joseph can no longer function in the world, he has punished and knows God will bring punishment to him as well. He knows he will be stricken, but it will be by his hand, not another. David can no longer stay in the controlling influence of his mother. He leaves home, only to find Sally. Sally is an older woman (much older than David) who prays upon the system. She wants the easy way, but David can see the evilness in her soul. He must save her by freeing her from the evilness. Frank learned long ago not to let anyone use him, he is the user. He is truly a dangerous, sick individual. All of the men are being held and treated in a Canadian mental facility. But do they all belong there? When the opportunity arises, Frank makes a break for it, taking a nurse hostage. Henry can't allow this to happen, so he offers himself. David can't let the evilness take Henry. Will they escape?

Don't Look Down was an interesting psychological read that kept me guessing. All four of these men are capable of murder. The question is who will commit it and why. And will they all survive their own fears and reality? Definitely a gripping read that it capture your attention, a quick read that leaves you wondering with quirky humorous moments. For more information, please visit http://www.bridgeross.com. David Laing Dawson is a Forensic Psychiatrist who has written several books.

I received this book from the author for review and all opinions expressed are my own.

15 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

HI Dottie,
Great review. I do like a book that keeps you guessing. I think this one could be something for a friend on mine.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

It definitely takes you on a journey through mental illness. And it does keep you guessing. It's such a fast short book that you can read it in a couple of hours.

Dottie :)

Chris said...

Sounds like there's an awful lot going on for a short book!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Chris!

It was action packed but at a relaxed pace. LOL. But it really didn't feel like I was being pushed to get to the next story. I hate it when I start getting confused because the story is short and the author is trying to cram to much into the pages. The men are sedated, so a lot of the story is told in flash backs or conversations with doctors.

Dottie :)

Cecile said...

Hey Dottie! Wow, very intriguing book. A step out of my comfy romance zone, but maybe something worth taking up one day. Thanks for the heads up on the book and a new to me author!
Hope you are having a great day honey!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

NO romance here. It's a thriller with no primary female characters. The only women that are involved are the ones threatened or murdered, this book centers around these four men and their existence. Definitely gripping, but quirky.

Dottie :)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Dottie!

All the books sound great - I wish I had more time for reading.

Just trying to get caught up and once I do I'll e you privatly!

Great review!

Hugs
Hawk

Lea said...

Hi Dottie!

This sounds like a really unique book. Very interesting psychological thriller. Given the author's background, he could really conceive a candid tale.

The cover art is very unusual.

Thanks for sharing Dottie!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Hawk!

Glad to have you back! Hope you vacation was everything you and your sister needed it to be!

I'll stop by soon, and I look forward to hearing from you!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Lea!

I have to say that outside of text books for abnorm psych that I took in college, haven't read anything like it. These could all be real life characters.

Thanks Lea!

Dottie :)

Teddyree said...

Great review Dottie and it sounds pretty intense which is just what I like. I hadn't heard of this one til now so thanks for sharing :-)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Teddyree!

How are you feeling, better I hope!

It was an intense read, but at the same time, these men where all on some type of medication to keep them compliant, so you weren't push through the book. It was a very short read too.

Dottie :)

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

Great review Dottie, this sounds like a book my dad would love to read. He's birthday is coming up and I was thinking of what I could get him. Thanks. :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Donna!

I know, it's a book my dad would like too. He just send me a big box of mysteries, lol. I'll never get through them all!!

Dottie :)

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