Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book #8: Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey


I don't know that I've ever read a novel as frightening and intriguing as Juliann Garey's Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See. It is the story of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio exec, who battles bipolar disorder-somewhat unsuccessfully.

The book moves between Greyson's younger years, dealing with his father's unpredictability; his time before he left his wife and tried to keep his bipolar disorder under control and out of the spotlight; the time he spent travelling the world anonymously; and his horrific treatment.

There are times in the book that are so scary, you want the scene to stop. How could someone do the things he does? Doesn't he realize what he's doing? His madness is overwhelming, even to the reader.

I started out feeling that his wife was cold and selfish, soon I realize she's not. She's suffered along with him and tried to help him the best she can, but it doesn't keep him from spiralling out of control into his psychosis.

I never wanted to put this book down. Ms. Garey does such a wonderful job laying out the scenes that I had to know more about her. Not surprisingly, she suffers from bipolar disorder. She has the unique insight needed to portray the details of Greyson's instability.

I absolutely loved this book. It was also chosen by Amazon as their "Best of the Month" in December 2012, so I'm not the only one who believes this book is amazing! It's absolutely one of the best books I've ever read and has given me new perspective on bipolar disorder.

7 comments:

  1. Hi there, the March edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved March Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this one? You might also like to check out the other great links that are already there. Have a great week.

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  2. I love books that are difficult to put down. THANKS for letting us know about this book. Nice post.

    Nice blog...New Follower.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition. I am in that list as #15.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Entry

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! "The Crooked Branch" sounds wonderful-I just added it to my "To-Read" list on goodreads.com. I'm following back, too. So nice to meet you!

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  3. Amy, thanks for linking up with Books You Loved and for following Carole's Chatter. I have followed you right back. Cheers

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    1. I can't tell you how happy I am that you stopped by my blog! You've given me a great way to find out about books I wouldn't have otherwise. I can get stuck in a rut, so suggestions are always welcome.

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  4. Thanks for the review. M said she'd get a copy because she has friends who are bipolar. Might be a good way to understand the disease better.

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    1. It really was fantastic. It certainly gives a new perspective on the disease.

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