Every Last Psycho – A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha is reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite.
The mind is the most important and, at the same time, the most dangerous muscle in our body. The two novellas, Every Last Thought, and Psycho Girl, in Every Last Psycho by Zarina Macha prove just that. In Every Last Thought, sixteen-years-old Tess struggles with schizophrenia. With the voices in her head destroying her self-worth every day, she found solace in Ed’s company. Although Ed loved her like a sister, he could not accept the love that Tess confessed to him. This realization, along with a tragedy, pushed Tess toward cocaine. The combination of drugs, her medication, and a heavy secret was enough to have her hit the rock bottom.
Paranoid schizophrenics experience hallucinations, or delusions, such as of grandeur or persecution. Voices telling us to hurt ourselves or others. Feeling like we’re powerful; almost superhuman…
It started when I was eleven, several months after Stanley died. Kids don’t tend to develop it, but the signs were all there.An excerpt from Every Last Psycho – A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha
Psycho Girl features Eighteen-year-old Evelyn, whose beauty could render anybody speechless, and confidence could put even kings and queens to shame. In the eyes of her friends, she was living a perfect life; however, she had an angry, bitter, and violent mind. She hid her real colors behind the veil of a fake smile. Believing herself superior to others, she went into a murderous streak when her dream university rejected her.
‘The other day I was telling Ed and his girlfriend — yeah, I finally met her — that if I was around a hundred or so years ago, I’d be put in a mental asylum. In other countries people still think that schizophrenics are being possessed by evil demons or whatnot.’An excerpt from Every Last Psycho – A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha
Providing deep insight into the thoughts of the characters, Zarina Macha manages to create an instant connection between her characters and readers. There is no straightforward rule of identifying a person with a mental disorder, and the striking difference between Tess and Evelyn proves just that. Both stories reflect deeply on the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of a medical disorder. Zarina Macha is an entertaining storyteller. The plot grips the attention of its audience right from the beginning and keeps getting stronger. Every Last Psycho – A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha is a perfect book to understand the significance of human psychology in the form of two intriguing tales.
‘You wouldn’t suspect anything; she literally seems so perfect. Too perfect.’
‘That’s how psychopaths normally are; they seem really cool and calm on the outside, but on the inside they have absolutely no remorse or empathy…’Every Last Psycho – A Collection of Two Novellas by Zarina Macha
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