Author: Carolyn Adams
Narrator: Rebecca Ehrenpreis
De.lu.sion.al is the story of Sara Jane Sullivan, an attractive woman in her late 20s with a lifelong history of mental illness. Diagnosed as delusional, Sara’s story is compelling as she survives incarcerations in mental institutions and prison for stalking a very powerful political talk show host, Larry Mitchell. Larry is known in the business for sexual preying on young interns and the disenfranchised. After meeting Larry at a park in Connecticut, and a brief affair, Sara’s life begins its out of control spiraling as she is thrown into the world of the evils of celebrity, one in which she becomes the victim of an evil and ruthless man who will stop at nothing to stay in power as America’s reigning king of political talk shows.
When Sara Sullivan is arrested, everyone knows her as the famed stalker of talk show host, Larry Mitchell. Sara has a different story, but Larry’s influence ensures no one believes her. With many twists and turns, Sara does what she can to escape prison to make a life for herself and her unborn baby, but things aren’t over just yet.
The characters were very realistic. I had so much sympathy for Sara. Even though she had schizophrenia, she wasn’t lying about what happened to her, and no one believed her. It’s sad to think that people really exploit those with mental illness like that. I think that’s what made this book all the more compelling was it talked about real issues, things you don’t see in many other pieces of fiction.
This book was captivating for so many reasons. It made some good points about the horrible things that people with money can do and get away with. It also showed the way that some people can become trapped for the same reason.
My only real complaint with this book is that it jumped timelines a lot, and it wasn’t immediately clear who’s POV it was or what point in time. Every time it jumped, it would take me a few minutes to realize where in the story it was.
A definite rollercoaster read.
Narration was fantastic.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.