Book: Resurrection by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, State Mental Hospitals, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Behavior, Reality, Prisoner, Mental Health, Family Dynamics, Nursing, Volunteer Health Workers, Medication, Contemporary Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Linda Swiftabout this book: If you were in a situation where your identity was gone and the only person who could speak with authority on your behalf had been silenced, would you be able to prove your sanity? Resurrection is a short novel that explores this dilemma.
Charlotte is a newspaper reporter in s small town who wants to gather authentic information for a book comparing mental hospital treatments past and present. To do this, she gains admittance to a state hospital as a temporary patient. Due to an unfortunate turn of events, temporary will become permanent unless she can prove that she doesn't fit the label she has been given to enable her research.
Several years ago, I served as a liaison between a school district's parent organization and a state mental hospital. It was my job to conduct hospital tours to enlighten the community on the subject of mental health and encourage participation in a program to provide credit vouchers for patients who needed spending money for personal use. I visited the hospital so many times that I became a familiar face to the patients, one of whom always called out from the locked ward as soon as she saw me coming, "Hello, Linda. You've come back." And as soon as the doors were unlocked, she would hug me and stay beside me all the time we were in the ward.
A couple of years later I enrolled in graduate work in Psychology and one class required was Abnormal Psych. When our class toured the state mental hospital my friend in the locked ward once again recognized me and called out as soon as she saw me. The entire class turned and looked at me with a "That explains everything" expression. After my absence, the poor woman was overjoyed to see me again and embraced me affectionately. There was no point in trying to enlighten my fellow students. Sometimes silence is truly the better part of valor.
Resurrection is classified as Speculative Fiction. This genre is best exemplified by the master of stories with a twist, Alfred Hitchcock.
Warning: Most people who read this book want to finish it in one session so allow yourself enough time so you don't have to stay up into the wee hours of dawn.
• "Resurrection is a delicious jolt of adrenaline. No sooner will you adjust to one plot twist than another one will jerk you out of your preconceived notions about what will happen next." — LAS Mystery Review
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