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The Mask of Sanity


I haven’t read a book quite like this in my lifetime, and that’s a good thing. I was completely entranced by The Mask of Sanity by Jacob M. Appel. When a young doctor decides that he wants to take revenge on his wife’s lover, he will let nothing get in the way of achieving his goal, that includes harming innocent victims.

Dr. Jeremy Balint is a renowned cardiologist, a father, and husband, he’s also a sociopath, and when he finds out that his wife is having an affair with one of the doctor’s from the hospital that he works in, he sets his sights on murder. He plans on killing his wife’s lover, and nothing is going to stop him.

The only problem is, he doesn’t want the murder to look like it was directed at his colleague, so he must find random people to murder in order to make it look like a serial killer is on the loose. He’ll even plant some clues, in order to stray the police from his path.

The story rolls on and on, and doesn’t stop until that ending, that ending that messed me up to this day! I read this book a couple of months ago, and still get chills thinking about the end of this novel. I guarantee you, that this story is worth it. Dr. Balint is an incredibly decisive and his murders are methodic and systematic. He knows what he’s doing, and that’s what chills me to the bone.

This book gets 5 out of 5 stars, I read it very quickly because it was just so good. When you see how Dr. Balint can switch from doting father, to rational killer, it’s crazy. I got a lot of Dexter vibes from this, but an even better story. I loved this book, and hope to read more from this author. Thank you for sending me your book!


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