Hidden in Plain Sight: The Schizo Series

Fiction - Thriller - General
370 Pages
Reviewed on 03/06/2016
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Author Biography

A board-certified Emergency Physician, Ilene B. Benator practices in the southeast and wrote the screenplay adaptation for Schizo, which won a Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood Screenwriting Competition, and was finalist in two other screenwriting contests. Also, she is Associate Producer, "Flesh" (2016) Cruell World Productions; Morningstar Productions. After growing up in New York and leaving to attend Emory University for undergrad with a degree in psychology, she then went to medical school in Chicago, and returned to Atlanta to do her training; where she now resides. When not working or being soccer mom to her two wonderful kids, plus two cats and one dog, she enjoys architectural photography, camping, skiing, and takes hikes in the mountains with her husband and black fluffy dog Daisy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

Whoa! That's exactly what I thought when I finished Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by debut author Ilene B. Benator, which is book one in the Schizo Series. Follow the story of Dan Greenberg, a medical student who appeared to have a promising career in front of him until he crossed paths with Catherine, a schizophrenic patient obsessed with stories about patients in Chicago hospitals who are in danger. At first, these stories appear to be the paranoid ramblings often heard from those suffering from schizophrenia, but then Dan realizes that the stories Catherine is telling contain details that are way too detailed to be fabricated. When he investigates and finds the very people Catherine reported, and the possibility of the plot that she outlined regarding population control could be true, he ends up locked in the same psychiatric facility where he had previously worked. Is Dan doomed to the same fate as Catherine, or will he be able to uncover those controlling this sinister plot? You'll need to read the book to find out.

I loved Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Author Ilene B. Benator has done a fantastic job in creating a suspenseful and thrilling story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. Her background as a physician truly shines through in the more medical and technical aspects of the story, but her abilities as a story teller are the biggest star in this book. Any reader who likes thrillers, mysteries or action novels with a medical backstory will love this book, but any reader just looking for a great new book should definitely give this one a chance. I highly recommend Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight, and am very much looking forward to reading more from the talented new author, Ilene B. Benator, as soon as I possibly can!

Romuald Dzemo

A schizophrenic patient, Catherine, has visions of patients in terrible danger in Chicago hospitals, visions that could be dismissed out of hand as delusions, except that every detail checks out. An ambitious student with dreams of becoming an ENT doctor is set up and institutionalized for the murder of his girlfriend, because he asks questions that shouldn’t be asked. Aided by a sleazy murderer, Dan Greenberg escapes his prison and sets out in search of the truth; little does he know that his escape has raised alarms that draw the attention of a powerful and deadly enemy towards him. Will Dan succeed in outrunning his enemies for the second time or will he become another statistic in their horrible scheme? Ilene B. Benator’s Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight is absorbingly riveting, a tale that is as seductive as it is terrifying.

Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight is one of those books that will become the author’s signature in crime fiction and thrillers. The writing is powerful and crisp, and the author’s voice comes across with undeniable authority, cutting like a scalpel. The descriptions are vivid and laced with forensic precision, creating a world for readers to explore. Dan Greenberg, Jake, and Sutton are compelling and utterly convincing characters that will take readers into a one-of-a-kind adventure. You won’t finish this book without stopping at times to look at your back as though some villain was watching, waiting to jump on you. And although you’ll cringe sometimes, you’ll love the drama even more. Benator’s unique style will be welcomed by fans of thrillers who are looking for a fresh element in the genre.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Ilene B. Benator writes an outstanding medical thriller in Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight. Dan Greenberg is a medical student living in Chicago. He is smart, attractive and dedicated to the plan for his life. Dan is ready to start his first clinical rotation as a third year med student. His first rotation is psychiatry. However, no amount of study or readiness could have prepared him for Northwest Indiana Psychiatric Institution. The facility was more like a prison than a hospital. Dan is assigned two patients, Catherine from the in-patient ward and Jake from the forensic ward for the criminally insane. His interviews with both of them change the course of his life. Before he knows it, Dan is caught in an unbelievable conspiracy. Dan turns to his girlfriend, Melinda, for help. She is murdered. Dan is framed and soon becomes a resident at the same psychiatric forensic ward that he studied at a year before. With the help of Jake, Dan pursues justice or is it really revenge? Dan plays the role of a paranoid schizophrenic; he hides in plain sight to catch the men who killed his girlfriend and ruined his life.

Ilene B. Benator takes her medical experience and plunges into the world of conspiracy in Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight. From the very first page, the reader is immediately drawn into narrative. The time setting shifts frequently from past to present as the story unfolds. Hold on, because this high speed action keeps you on the edge of your seat. Written in first person, the plot is told from the protagonist’s point of view. The reader is allowed inside his head, experiencing his tumultuous thoughts and emotions. You sense the struggle of the effects of psychotic medications and the thrill of being on the run. Benator’s hero is a stable, smart, caring young man who is thrust into an unforeseen life that challenges him to the core of his existence. The sidekick seems harmless, but is he really? How does he know what he knows? Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight keeps you on your toes as the plot peaks. It continues to satisfy the longing of your soul for justice for the hero. And then wows you with its surprising ending. Baited and hooked, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.