The 8th Sky

A Psychological Thriller With An Unforgettable Twist

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
355 Pages
Reviewed on 03/12/2018
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The 8th Sky: A Psychological Thriller With An Unforgettable Twist by Leigh Lyn is the story of Lin Lee, a brilliant woman with a brilliant mind. However, one day she wakes up in an asylum to find out that she had a blackout after staying awake for three days and her mind finally broke. The people in the hospital tell her that she is hallucinating and that her mind needs a rest, but Lin believes it is something else.

Lin Lee was the lead architect in a groundbreaking project that had the potential to change the world. Lin believes that she found something in the plan that was too much for her to handle and her mind broke. No one will believe her and Lin thinks that this is all a conspiracy to make her remain silent about the real reason behind that project. However, is it really true? Is there really a notorious plan hidden behind an innocent project? Or is her mind playing games with her? If she is not hallucinating, then how can she stop this dangerous plan?

The 8th Sky is a dark psychological thriller where the reader becomes one with the protagonist. From the very beginning, the story reaches great heights and the writer keeps up this momentum until the very end. The suspense and the mystery of the story were too intense to resist. I enjoyed the continuous struggle between reality and hallucination, Lin’s struggle in finding her reality and then fighting for what she believes is true. The whole flow of the novel was great and the fact that the novel began at the moment of conflict gave the story great power to move the reader along with the plot. I loved it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Really amazing.

Divine Zape

The 8th Sky: A Psychological Thriller With An Unforgettable Twist by Leigh Lyn is a book that will appeal to fans of this genre. The essence of The 8th Sky is aptly captured in the subtitle, a promise that is superbly fulfilled in the great narrative. Lin Lee is a brilliant architect who is leading a science park project. But after making a startling discovery about a client’s charitable image, something awful happens and she wakes up three days later in a mental hospital. She has just brutally come to terms with the reality that her life is in grave danger, and instead of struggling to convince people who won’t believe her, she plays the game, using her memoir as an escape and working her way to uncover the truth. But will she have enough strength left to do what is required when the system is done with her?

This is a psychological thriller with unexpected twists in the plot, and an intensity that will have the reader hooked from the first to the last page. The author has crafted a memorable protagonist in Lin Lee and readers will enjoy exploring the depths of the conflict and the dilemmas the characters find themselves in. Lin Lee is a three-dimensional character whose emotions and thoughts are skillfully portrayed. The pacing is great, neither rushed nor flagging at any moment, and the unpredictability of events creates a sense of suspense that carries the story steadily forward. The 8th Sky is a riveting read.

Ankita Shukla

In The 8th Sky: A Psychological Thriller With An Unforgettable Twist by Leigh Lyn, the plot begins with Lin Lee stuck in an asylum and not remembering half the details of the incidents that led her to this place. She is an architect who is one of the best in her company. After she started having flashbacks, she remembered that she had been leading a project that involved designing a Science Park for Gao Yao Inc. and that she had observed some very peculiar requests from the client in the design. These suggestions raised suspicion in Lin's mind and she blew the whistle to her bosses; however, next thing she knew, she was in the asylum. She does not believe him when her psychiatrist, Dr. Wen, tells her that sleep deprivation made her have a psychotic episode which led her to Castle Peak Psychiatric Hospital. For the sake of getting released, she pretends to be an ideal patient, but in her head, she is planning to uncover the conspiracy as soon as she is out of this hell.

The fascinating part of The 8th Sky is the fine storytelling by the author. Leigh Lyn knows how to pique the interest of her readers and keep them on the edge of their seats until the end. Her smart writing kept me in a loop; I could not decide whether Lin was hallucinating the whole time or telling the truth. There were times when I was almost sure that Lin was living in a fantasy world and confusing her imagination with reality. She mentioned that she sighted ghosts several times and that confirmed my suspicion of her losing her mind. However, the author cleverly revealed something that made me change my opinion. There are many more elements that make it a captivating read. If, like me, you appreciate the knowledge of different cultures, then you would enjoy the details of Chinese culture that are incorporated in The 8th Sky. Other than the culture, the author's knowledge of psychology, architecture, and history both excited and astonished me. I am sure a lot of research has gone into explaining how human psychology works.

The 8th Sky stands true to its title in more ways than just one. The psychological aspect runs so deep that I do not have enough words in my vocabulary to express the depth of it. The author has done a stupendous job of executing an intriguing thriller that, once it hooked me, did not let me relax until reaching the end. The twist, although a little hard to grasp in one go, is indeed unforgettable. Regardless of the truth, which may be far from my speculations, The 8th Sky is a perfect combination of horror, suspense, culture, and psychology. It is a fabulous treat for a reader's imagination and logic. I would have liked the climax to be more explicitly revealed; nonetheless, the overall reading experience was very satisfying. The book seemed quite slow in the beginning, but once the author threw a few puzzles my way, I knew I was hooked.