Monday, February 8, 2016

{ Heckled by Valarie Savage Kinney }

Heckled
By: Valarie Savage Kinney
GenrePsychotic Thriller



Drinking. Drugging. Cutting.
Exxel Jensen has spent his life finding ways to rid himself of the Heckler, and failed miserably.
On the surface, his future is bright: a beautiful wife, a child on the way, and a career he loves as a stand up comedian.
Beneath the surface lurks the darkness: crippling depression, anxiety, and alcoholism.  Helena Jensen has seen her husband spiral downward before and feels helpless to stop it as she watches him falling again.
She would do anything to help him, anything to diminish the pain that plagues him.  Exxel knows she would, and he also knows she can’t.
Because the person fueling his depression and addictions is someone she can’t see. And how can he explain the Heckler to anyone, when he doesn’t even understand it himself?
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~ Review By Within The Pages ~
I loved reading about the relationship between Exxel, Helena and the Heckler.  The realities of mental illness and the effects it has just not on Him but also his wife Helena and his family as they are doing their best to support him.

The story takes us into Exxels mind, who happens to be a stand up comic, in which he battles with the Heckler daily, his addictions and his past.  Helena does her best to help him and understand what is going on with her husband, but the shame of mental illness drives him further away from her and further into his addictions.  My heart breaks reading about his daily struggles.

Valerie Savage Kinney does an amazing job exposing mental illness and creates a story of the realities of it and how many lives it does affects.  I recommend reading this book.  She makes you want to cheer on Exxel to get help and conquer his demons and fears.  This story is angst and not a HEA but it is definitely a great read.






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