Accurately capturing and portraying psychosis is extremely difficult. In cinema, you can use special effects, sound effects, even CGI graphics to crate hallucinations and altered perceptions.
But how does one do it via writing?
I think a fantastic example of a character’s descent into madness is TRANSCEND by Christine Fonseca. Described as Phantom of the Opera meets Black Swan, this dark, YA, (and I’d add historical) novel takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion, intrigue, betrayal, paranoia, delusion, love, horror, tragedy, and rage.
It’s an intense, quick read, just by its nature–Christine doesn’t let you take a breath!
A unique twist is the alternating point of view–FOR ONE CHARACTER! It’s a bit jarring, but I suspect that’s the author’s intention to keep the reader guessing.
What’s most captivating about it to me is that even after I finished reading it, I still had more questions.
Check out Christine Fonseca’s blog HERE.
What books have you read that capture mental illness particularly well?
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Remember, these posts are for writing purposes only and are NOT intended for medical advice or treatment.