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About the Author
A self-professed nerd, Brian has long enjoyed everything science fiction, from books to TV and movies. He is also a huge fan of great mysteries and thrillers, and is a sucker for a surprising plot twist. He writes the kind of books that he would want to read, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity about what motivates people to do the things they do.
When he's not busy writing and taking care of patients, Brian loves to run, play with his children, and spend quiet time watching TV with his wife. If he can only figure out how to do all three things at once, he'll finally have it made.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brendan Meeks grew up with plenty of privilege but a rough home life. When he is in college he develops schizophrenia and his family basically ignore him except for his sister. She helps take care of him and he lives in a run-down apartment with a druggie, drunk, and drug dealer that have become his family. But then he learns that his sister has been murdered and doesn’t feel like the police are doing enough and decides to look into her death. Brendan has weekly appointment with his doctor but has this problem where he doesn’t want to take his medicine. So it’s hard to take what his is thinking and interpreting as happening in real life or just in his mind. It also doesn’t help that he has voices that command him to do horrible things. This is an interesting narration because something when he notices things he is very focused and other times things are barely given a passing glance. The trouble comes from trying to figure out what is important to solving the death of his sister. This is a great story. Brendan is a caring person despite the voices. He means well and has done well for himself considering what he has gone through. I love that he tries to find his sisters killer and discovers that she has her own secrets. But the part that really rang true was his struggle with schizophrenia. This is a well written story that did have a couple hiccups in the mystery part but with this narrator it makes sense. This is a great story that I recommend you check out. I received The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite If you’re unfamiliar with schizophrenia and how it affects a person, The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks by Brian Cohn will both fascinate and frighten you. This first novel by Cohn sucks you into Brendan’s chaotic mind within the first few sentences: Brendan is running; he’s frantic; he’s positive they…whoever “they” are…are out to get him. The voices keep telling him they want to kidnap him and rob him of his mind, and he’s hell-bent on making sure they don’t succeed. But strong arms overpower him and the running is over. For now. Back on his meds, Brendan’s panic, paranoia and voices are temporarily subdued. But when he learns his beloved sister, Wendy, the only one he feels ever truly loved him has been murdered, Brendan needs to think clearly, and his meds don’t allow that. So he stops taking them long enough to start piecing together just who murdered his sister and why. What Brendan discovers threatens to completely unglue him permanently, surprises readers, and makes for a thriller that has us holding our breaths as we turn the pages, trying to solve the murder alongside Brendan, a pretty nurse, a therapist who understands the voices in a schizophrenic mind, and the one and only police officer he feels he can trust. What a gripping debut novel from Brian Cohn. What makes this novel such a riveting read is much more than the well-drawn characters like Brendan’s upper-class, biological parents: his bossy, insensitive mother and his despicable, lily-livered father, or Brendan’s adopted family: an army vet with PTSD, a sad meth addict and her supplier, and Brendan himself. It’s more than the fast-paced plot with unexpected twists. It’s how well Brian Cohn has captured the panicked workings and controlling voices of Brendan’s schizophrenic mind. As Brendan races to find Wendy’s killer, not knowing whom to trust, but intelligent enough to consider all possibilities, Brendan’s panic is palpable: we feel our hearts racing; we become as terrified and paranoid as he is. We begin to wonder about the voices we sometimes hear in our own, non-schizophrenic minds and we realize the only difference between Brendan and us is that we manage to control, even ignore those voices. Without his meds, Brendan cannot ignore or control those voices which denigrate him and encourage him to do the unspeakable. If nothing else, readers will come away from The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks with an increased awareness of, and sensitivity to those afflicted by this unfortunate mental disease. Well done, Brian Cohn! The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks is a great start to your writing career. Bring on more: your fans await your next book.
Well written and dramatic This is one of those powerful stories that you won't soon forget. Enter the world of schizophrenia from the point of view with the one suffering. It's not just about the mental illness accompanied by paranoia, but it adds to dealing with loss. He loses people close to him, especially those who don't want to deal with him or his illness. Suddenly, he has something worse to deal with, and he does. It's written so wonderfully dramatically that it makes the reader wonder, along with Brendan, as to what is real and what is not. He has a war to fight, and it's in his head. A grand story of struggle and loss, and overcoming delusions.