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They Call Me Crazy by [Gamble, Kelly Stone]
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"Fried Green Tomatoes meets Dolores Claiborne. This character-rich southern gothic-esque tale will keep you guessing up to the very end." - NYT Bestselling Author Kate Moretti

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.

The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (Nov. 12 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OSTANDS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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They Call Me Crazy tells the story of what happens to Cassandra Adams, and those around her, after she confesses to killing her husband Rolland. This was not my usual reading choice, but it was still enjoyable. Other's may find this book just their cup of tea, but for me it failed to completely suck me in.

Cass is more than a little crazy... or is she? This book does keeps you wondering what truly happened the night Rolland died. Each chapter is told from the view point of six different characters. It was fairly easy to follow along and keep up with the story line as it unfolded. The characters were believable and could have been someone you met in real life... some I sympathized with, some I liked, and some I just couldn't stand. I felt the story flowed well enough, if a bit long at times, and was twisty enough to keep the reader's attention for the most part. I truly liked the ending. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that my favorite line in the book was the very last one. You'll have to read it to see what I mean.

I received this book free for a fair and honest review. All opinions are true, honest, and completely my own.
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This is a beguiling and imaginative read, about an eccentric group of characters that remain individually believable even though in any combination they produce a potpourri with very weird odours and even whiffs of the macabre. Zany humour adds bounce to articulate flowing prose, making this book an easy yet rewarding read. I think of this as light literary fiction, with flourishes from, yes you guessed it, a potpourri of genres. Murder is the central focus, though the crime itself is really just a plot device to help us explore the psychology of the small town, rural, American characters.
The book is so pacy and easily absorbed, painting such graphic pictures, that I found myself drawn to compare it with elements of zany type TV series like Northern Exposure, Desperate Housewives, without the omnipresent voice, or even some of the irreverence and immediacy of character penetration in Breaking Bad. The multiple POV first person writing works a treat here, letting one get a very real feel for the characters and their view of the world. Each chapter is written from a different POV, with the main characters have the most chapters. I can't think of any comparisons with other authors that would be helpful, though I'm sure I've read at least one story by William Faulkner that has a similar feel. However vague and inaccurate my indication of style, I need to convey the sense of the immediacy and vividness of TV that comes through in Gamble's writing.
Please try to believe me- this book is well worth a try. If you start I'll be amazed if you don't finish, and what stronger claim to the books quality could I make than that.
Actually, if the first couple of chapters don't get you then sling it. There won't be many bruised cats, or broken Kindles, I'm sure.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4230600) out of 5 stars 143 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4080198) out of 5 stars A Great Read From a New Author! March 12 2015
By C. McGowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you ever experienced a reading slump? Where you opened several books and none of them caught your attention? And as an avid reader, this just kills your soul? Well - search no more - They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble will solve that problem immediately!

Ms.Gamble contacted me and asked me to do a review of her awesome novel. First: I love it when author's contact me! I feel all super special and whatnot. Second: Free book!

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it. The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.

The Review:

From the first sentence, "There's nothing easy about burying your husband..." on I could not put this book down. I sat hunkered in my reading nook feverishly turning pages to find out exactly what happened. Cass is crazy, but there are twists involved in her crazy leading the reader down a different path. Ms. Gamble created real characters that connected with me as a person, not a reader. I felt pity for Cass, hate for Maryann, disgust for Roland. There is just enough hint at ghosts to be believable and the multiple narration technique is not confusing, it's convincing. This book is more than just a mystery novel, it's life in a small town suspense. Completely captivating. It's part Stephen King, part Nora Roberts, part Stephenie Meyer.

The book also employed excellent writing and narrative structure, which for me is a huge bonus! I find far too many mainstream fiction novels (those written for the masses) with sub-standard prose...not this one! A great read!

Looking forward to more work from this author. For more about Kelly Stone Gamble, visit her website at: http://www.kstonegamble.com
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40801ec) out of 5 stars They Call Me Crazy will entertain, educate, and haunt you. Nov. 23 2014
By Suzi Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If they're honest, every frustrated wife surely can relate - at least a little bit - to Cass Adams, the matter-of-fact murderess in Kelly Stone Gamble's They Call Me Crazy. While the book started a bit predictable, by about a third of the way through I realized that things were not at all as they seemed. And by the end of the book, when I had finally figured it all out, Cass drops a final nugget and that's it. It left me missing the characters I'd come to love, including a clairvoyant grandma, a couple of ghosts (one "extra crispy"), a lovable gay character (definitely not who you'd think), a conveniently wealthy relative, a fifth grade teacher with a lifetime of secrets, an obese strip club owner, a worm farmer, and most-of-all sharp-tongued Cass Adams.

With multiple subplots and subculture, and plenty of small town politics and gossip, this novel will entertain, educate, and haunt you. Highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4080624) out of 5 stars Loved this book! Nov. 16 2014
By Barb Evenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What an enjoyable read! This was a great weekend book that never lost my interest, and left me smiling! The author has a great, slightly screwball, sense of humor.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa408060c) out of 5 stars 4 stars = I REALLY liked this book! Feb. 23 2015
By Angela S Goodrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Every once in a while I like to pick up a book that’s outside the normal genres I read and They Call Me Crazy definitely fit the bill. I’m really not sure how to classify it as far as genres go because it’s not really a romance, although there is a teeny bit of romance in it; it’s not really a paranormal book, despite the fact that Cass’s grandmother is psychic and Cass sees dead people; it’s listed on Amazon as a mystery/thriller/suspense read, but with the way Ms. Gamble writes the story from multiple POVs it doesn’t really feel like a mystery because the reader is privy to most of what is going on. What it was, was an unearthing of family secrets of epic proportion with a big ole’ side of crazy.

Okay, so maybe it is a bit of mystery because as I try to think of what details about the storyline to include in my review, I keep hesitating as I don’t want to include a spoiler that ruins the book for someone else. The crux of the book is whether or not Cass killed her husband Roland. Even though Cass outright admits to the sheriff that she did it, we quickly learn that they don’t call her crazy for no reason because she is … or is she? The question of Cass’s sanity is just one of the aspects that made this such an enjoyable read for me. Ms. Gamble manages to address some major issues regarding mental health treatment in a very succinct matter and does it in such a way that its importance is highlighted without overshadowing the storyline.

As for Cass, she’s a hoot and a half. It’s not so much that she lacks a filter between her brain and her mouth as much as it is that doesn’t really care what others think. I found myself snickering in several places at her antics and the things that would come out of her mouth. Her spitfire attitude came in handy as she learned more and more about her husband posthumously. The man was no saint, not even close, and I’m surprised that someone didn’t off him years ago. Even though Cass can count on one hand the number of people who don’t hate her – she is an acquired taste kind of person after all – those that are truly close to her rally around her when she’s arrested and the rumors being to fly, including her husband’s brother Clay. Clay was just as enjoyable of a character and I absolutely loved the secret ingredient for his apple-spice cake. As one of the only people who knew how Roland really was, he never hesitated in his support of her. They Call Me Crazy was an outright enjoyable read for me as I was glued to my Kindle, waiting to see whose secret would be revealed next. Ms. Gamble has been added to my watch list.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4080ac8) out of 5 stars Crazy Is as Crazy Does, or Doesn't? April 10 2015
By Mr. Richard Lw Bunning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a beguiling and imaginative read, about an eccentric group of characters that remain individually believable even though in any combination they produce a potpourri with very weird odours and even whiffs of the macabre. Zany humour adds bounce to articulate flowing prose, making this book an easy yet rewarding read. I think of this as light literary fiction, with flourishes from, yes you guessed it, a potpourri of genres. Murder is the central focus, though the crime itself is really just a plot device to help us explore the psychology of the small town, rural, American characters.
The book is so pacy and easily absorbed, painting such graphic pictures, that I found myself drawn to compare it with elements of zany type TV series like Northern Exposure, Desperate Housewives, without the omnipresent voice, or even some of the irreverence and immediacy of character penetration in Breaking Bad. The multiple POV first person writing works a treat here, letting one get a very real feel for the characters and their view of the world. Each chapter is written from a different POV, with the main characters have the most chapters. I can't think of any comparisons with other authors that would be helpful, though I'm sure I've read at least one story by William Faulkner that has a similar feel. However vague and inaccurate my indication of style, I need to convey the sense of the immediacy and vividness of TV that comes through in Gamble's writing.
Please try to believe me- this book is well worth a try. If you start I'll be amazed if you don't finish, and what stronger claim to the books quality could I make than that.
Actually, if the first couple of chapters don't get you then sling it. There won't be many bruised cats, or broken Kindles, I'm sure.