Murder: It's All in Your Head

Fiction - Horror
190 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2021
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

It's the year 1914 in Hurston, Ohio. Helen Hawkins is a twelve-year-old girl stifled by her life in an ultra-religious household. But it takes a turn for the worse when she is subjected to repeated sexual assaults by her father that continue to be ignored by her mother. A century later, high school senior Cassie is on her way to school when she inexplicably finds herself staring at the dead body of a young woman lying in a bathtub. To her horror, Cassie finds her consciousness trapped in the body of a thirty-year-old man. Meanwhile, a patient at the Ward for the Criminally Insane at Hatford Hospital repeatedly claims to be Randall Davis instead of Jimmy Williams. Fans of supernatural horror are in for a treat. Murder: It's All In Your Head by Cynthia Hilston seems set to haunt your deepest dreams.

A dark and twisted tale of hatred and unfathomable rage, Murder: It's All In Your Head is a never-ending nightmare that you simply can't wake up from. Author Cynthia Hilston weaves a violent and vengeful yarn of terror that keeps getting scarier as the pages unfold. There are plenty of flashbacks, and the narrative keeps switching POVs to create an intricate plot that makes for an engrossing reading experience. The plot moves at a fast pace, and the characters feel rich with deep and distinct personalities. Cynthia Hilston deftly explores the ramifications of abuse and how it breaks a person's spirit, turning them into a shell of their former selves. Altogether, I found Murder: It's All In Your Head to be flawless. No horror fan should miss it.

Lit Amri

“Something moved out of the corner of her eye. She turned her head to the right and landed on her reflection, only it wasn’t her face. A tall man of about thirty stared back.” In Murder: It’s All In Your Head by Cynthia Hilston, 18-year-old Cassie Meadows finds herself inside the mind and body of a man with blood on his hands; a woman lies dead in a bathtub. The police arrest her as Randy Davis, a successful millionaire and CEO of Randall P. Davis Innovations who just murdered his wife. Despite the strange event that leaves her shocked, scared, and losing hope of ever getting back into her original body and to her loving family, Cassie is determined to find the one who's responsible for her misery.

Murder: It’s All In Your Head is set in the present and the past to reveal the truth about Cassie's strange predicament. Despite the strong paranormal element, the characters take precedence in a steady-paced plot. A wicked mind born out of dysfunctional and abusive life changes others like a virus. In contrast, it highlights the importance of love, hope, and perseverance. As Cassie and others in her situation wrestle with complications, the one with a battered past struggles with the sporadic emergence of moral conscience including good and bad memories. Suspense builds toward the end, foreshadowing the difficult but important outcome to defeat an evil and disturbed mind. Overall, Cynthia Hilston's horror tale is a chilling peek into damages that an invasive terror can do.

Lesley Jones

In Murder: It's All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston, in May 2018, Cassie Meadows rides to school, contemplating a night at home on senior prom night, when she is blinded by a flash of light. She awakes to find her hands covered in blood and in the body of a self-made millionaire businessman, Randy Davis. The dead body of his beloved wife, Danielle, is in the bathtub. Meanwhile, in a hospital for the criminally insane, elderly patient Jimmy Williams tries in vain to convince the staff that he is, in fact, Randy Davis. When Cassie is arrested for the murder of Danielle, she comes face to face with Jimmy and together they realize their bodies have been taken over by a hundred-year-old tortured soul determined to get revenge. In 1914, Helen Hawkins, the daughter of a pastor, has been hiding a dark family secret for years. In her dreams, she finds herself in the bodies of others and can escape the daily ritual of abuse for a short while. As Cassie and Randy find themselves trapped in bodies that are not their own and convicted of crimes they did not commit, they realize the shocking truth that led to their incarceration. Cassie discovers she is the latest victim controlled by a spirit that wants more blood to be spilled. She must end the murder spree that has lasted for over a century by whatever means possible.

Cynthia Hilston has created such an imaginative plot where she takes you on an emotional journey that will be hard to forget. Helen was an incredible character. On one hand, you felt her pain, fear, and helplessness as she suffered the most horrendous abuse and neglect but on the other, her behavior became really disturbing. Helen's father was a vile individual who thrived on terrorizing her, the scenes between them were heartbreaking to read. I loved the scene where she took back control over her father, it was satisfying to witness her finding her voice. Each character jumped from the page and the dialogue exchanges highlighted their thoughts and emotions perfectly. I thought the way the author brought the three stories of Randy, Cassie, and Helen together was very clever. The relationship between Cassie and Randy developed wonderfully too as they became each other's emotional support. Murder: It's All in Your Head is an exceptional psychological thriller where the abused becomes the abuser, resulting in many other innocent lives being ruined. The shocking revelations and plot twists kept my attention throughout, especially the explosive ending which I really did not see coming.