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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
The Voice of Reason by Kat Clark tells the story of a rich girl, Amy, who falls pregnant and marries a poor boy, Josh, who never graduated and has a prison record. So far, it’s the same as so many other stories, but then this takes an unexpected and very unique twist. Josh begins to hallucinate; he hears voices, sees people who are not there, and the truth comes out only after he attempts suicide and he is hospitalized. It is left to Amy, cossetted by her wealthy parents, to care for their baby son Caleb and find resources to avoid accepting the parental help offered with strings attached. To make matters worse, Josh works for his father Ben’s construction firm which loses a large contract. Josh blames himself.
When I picked up The Voice of Reason by Kat Clark, I had no idea that I would ignore the rest of the world and sit and devour this book from start to finish. It is so different from your average book in that it makes you think, educates you about mental illness, and takes you inside the mind of a patient suffering paranoid schizophrenia. Set in the late seventies, when discussion of mental illness was a taboo subject, this book highlights the advances we have made in understanding and coping with conditions that are not obviously physical. Besides this, the story was excellent. Flashbacks into the past explain how the characters react and bring them to life. It moves at a comfortable pace, never giving too much away, with enough cliff hangers to keep me turning the pages. I loved this book, and would recommend it as a good read. I’m happy to award it 5 stars.