Despite its indie-authorish flaws, ‘Psychos Anonymous’ by Cedrick Wilson offers a good time with plenty of societal and psychiatric commentary. Book link below.
6 different killers: a child-murderer, a rich politician, a Black cop-killer, a rape survivor, and a racist hillbilly couple are all under the eye of Dr. Pleasant. Pleasant believes that murderers, no matter how vile, can be rehabilitated. He offers his services with in-person group therapy sessions. All the while a jaded detective seeks to apprehend them.
While the above synopsis may seem simplistic, there are plenty of interesting twists and turns during the third act. I won’t spoil them here, but they make the experience much more worthwhile and unique.
With the length of a novella, Wilson neatly packs in a slew of well-rounded characters without overexposing any of them. During my last book review, I suggested that the author introduce her characters properly (start small and let the story grow). Wilson does just that: he introduces each character individually. Each murderer and detective has their own story and background that drives them. The characters of Justice, Lilith, and Lew seem inspired by prominent headlines from the past few years (police brutality cases, Stuebenville rape case, rich people getting off scot-free, etc) Their actions, consequences, and so forth all make sense on the grand scheme of things.
Wilson also has an ear for dialogue. Maybe not Tarantino-level, but still realistic. You really get the sense that you’re listening to actual detectives and killers conversing with each other.
One suggestion I would make is the editing. Some sections are awkwardly-formatted and it’s sometimes not clear who is saying what. Easy fix, nonetheless. Also, there doesn’t need to be spaces between paragraphs (the “indie-authorish” quirks I was talking about). In any case, this is still worth your money.
Personal rating: 4.5/5
Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
Link to Psychos Anonymous on Amazon