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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Isolation by Brian L. MacLearn is an engaging story that explores family dynamics and how the security of a family can so quickly be threatened by an unforeseen event. Simpson’s life is beautiful. He has a wonderful wife and two children who make him proud with their every success in life. But then everything changes with a sudden accident. He had been married to Vicky for twenty-nine years, but their life together had been far longer than that. Everything changes just when he is preparing to surprise her on their wedding anniversary. Now, he is plunged into darkness, having paranormal experiences that make him doubt everything he ever knew and his own sanity. Can he find enough fight in him for the woman he has shared life with for the past twenty-nine years? Can he save Vicky?
The story is told in the first person narrative voice, a voice that is clear and utterly captivating, pulling the reader into the lives of the characters right away. From the very beginning, the reader is pulled into Simpson’s exuberance, a man who seems fulfilled and happy. It is hard to imagine that this man’s confidence and sense of fulfillment can be disturbed in any way, but there are things that break even the strongest of men and he is about to experience this. And that is where the emotion comes in. Isolation explores the humanity of the characters and develops on very strong psychological foundations. The prose is exquisite and it captures the emotions and intuition of the protagonist with unique clarity. Brian L. MacLearn explores the psyche of a troubled man and forces readers to care deeply about his pain.