by Abbey Campbell Cook
Publisher: She Writes Press
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: Depression has haunted twenty-five-year-old Max Dorigan her entire life. After years of unsuccessful treatment and a failed suicide attempt, Max agrees to join The Lucidity Project, a program at a mysterious health and wellness resort in the Caribbean where, she soon finds, the people are just as troubled as she is, only in a different way. They claim to have psychic powers. They claim they can see ghosts. They claim Max is one of them. Max refuses to pay much attention until Dr. Micah McMoneagle, the charismatic head of the project, reveals he s found a way to allow people to enter each other s dreams. Now, instead of discussing their issues in talk therapy, Max and her new gifted friends can symbolically work through their problems on the astral plane. Together they embark on a magical, transformational journey through dreamtime to reveal the causes of the things that are holding them back an adventure that ultimately awakens them to who they really are, and what they came to earth to do.
Kritters Thoughts: This may have been a little outside my wheelhouse, but I still enjoyed it.
Max Dorigan has been battling depression for awhile and has tried all the remedies and nothing has worked. After a failed suicide attempt, she is almost willing to try anything to "cure" her depression and start living a healthy and happy life. So off she goes to the Caribbean and where she ends up is the story.
So I am not a magical realism/fantasy girl, but with a majority of human characters this danced the line enough for me. If you aren't one to read a book with some fantastical elements, try this one, it was a good combination of real world and fantasy world.
The big thing that helped me like this book even more was the main character Max. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is, but I connected with her and I was intrigued by her and wanted to know more. She felt real and vulnerable and I really wanted to hear her story and journey. Characters can sometimes make or break a book and Max for me made this book.
Again, I am not a huge fantasy fan and I wouldn't put this completely on the fantasy shelf, but there are a few ghosts and goblins that make appearances, but it all worked for me.
NOTE I put cure in quotes because I am well aware that depression can't be cured, but maybe it can be tamed so that someone can live what they deem as a healthy and happy life.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.