they call me crazy book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

They Call Me Crazy is a debut novel by Kelly Stone Gamble and I was pleasantly surprised after reading it. The story grips the reader and takes you on a journey through what really happened the night Roland Adams died. It opens up with Cass Adams, Roland’s wife, burying him in his garden in the rain. The story takes place in Deacon, Kansas and everyone in the small town knows that Cass is crazy–it runs in her family after all. As the sheriff looks into Roland’s murder, it is evident that everyone in the town has secrets and they don’t stay buried just like Roland’s body didn’t.

They Call Me Crazy is told from many different character viewpoints and it works for the story. We get to hear from everyone and it quickly becomes obvious that Roland wasn’t that great of a guy after all and Cass truly put up with a lot during their marriage. Everyone has to decipher the clues and the only one who really knows what happened that night is Roland and he, of course, isn’t talking.

I loved hearing from the different characters especially Cass, Babe, Clay, and a crispy ghost. I didn’t care for Maryanne at all, but that was her character–I don’t think she was supposed to be liked. This story is full of fun and quirky characters and I loved how they each get their own chapters to tell the story. Cass was not afraid to let others know her mind, even when it got her in trouble. And she might have been a little crazy–she does talk to ghosts after all. To find out what happened to dear Roland, you will just have to read the story.

They Call Me Crazy was well written and grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I would have read it in one setting if it had not been for work. It flowed well and I had to know what was going to happen next. I hated to leave Deacon, Kansas. I look forward to seeing what Gamble comes up with next. I highly recommend this book to those looking for something different to read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelly Stone Gamble. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.