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- Mean, Book Of The Month for September 2012 on e-thriller!
- Indie Book of the Day Award winner for 6th of November, 2012.
I have already read Mean and believe me, this is a book that you don’t want to miss from an author you will want to follow as she climbs to the top name in the psychological thriller genre.
Cassandra Connelly looks like a normal twenty-four-year-old girl. She seems sweet and shy. She works hard in two jobs and still finds time to do volunteer work. Nonetheless, there’s something wrong within her. She has a lot of anger boiling inside, and a very problematic past, making her a dark, twisted woman.
She hides her true self from the world, but there’s someone Cassandra hates so much, she has been thinking of doing something unspeakable: killing this person.
To her, killing this person is absolutely necessary, for he or she should not be alive. However, since she is still not sure about doing it or not, she seeks help. She goes to a psychiatrist in order to make a decision: should she continue hiding her meanness and being a normal girl, or should she let the meanness win and kill this person she believes deserves to die?
In this contemporary piece of fiction, we’ll find out how badly child abuse and a dysfunctional family can transform a life for worse, much worse.
Mean is a novelette (longer than a short-story but shorter than a novella).
ADVICE: CONTAINS VIOLENT SCENES AND SOME HARSH LANGUAGE
(I love all reviews to my books. Even if the reviewer didn’t like it so much, he or she still cared enough to write about it!! Thank you so much, reviewers!):
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Psychological Thriller, July 27, 2012
MEAN by Renata F. Barcelos is an enjoyable dark psychological thriller novelette told from the point of view of an angry female patient who is seeing a psychiatrist and planning to kill somebody. The reader is left guessing as to who the intended victim is until the last few pages. I must admit it surprised me. Very good and quick read at only 50 pages, but there are a few editing issues with the work that need correcting. I have since been advised that a revised version is posted and the errors have been fixed. Still I enjoyed it overall.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark but interesting, July 21, 2012
This novelette kept my mind constantly shifting trying to figure out who she wanted to kill. Without spoiling it, I’ll tell you that is something new for me. The way that she addresses you as if she were talking to you… I enjoyed it.
Martha Bryce‘s review Aug 04, 12Read in July, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me turning pages… September 2, 2012
A Chilling and Captivating Novelette – Review by Charlotte Waller
Despite being a novelette, Mean by Renata F. Barcelos is captivating from the very first sentence. It starts off with the reader being let into the chilling mind of Cassandra Connelly, hinting at the deep but downright scary thoughts to come.
The unique style of writing makes this thriller even more exciting, as Cassandra could well be talking to the reader themselves. We soon find out that the whole story is her side of the conversation with her therapist and because the reader is seeing the whole thing through Cassandra’s eyes, it makes it even more chilling, especially as she has the urge to kill someone.
This mystery person who has angered Cassandra is only revealed at the end, keeping the reader literally on the edge of their seat. There are hints here and there as to who this person is, and you might not be as surprised at the end when all is revealed.
Lizzy Lessard (visit her blog, great reviews there!) review:
I actually read two different versions of this ebook and I can definitely see the improvements in the latest update. This is an odd book in that it’s written in first person and directed to the reader – only the reader is playing the part of Cassandra’s shrink. Cassandra rants about her life and the person she wants to kill to her shrink. It’s amazing how rich her background and personality is without boring the reader. And the ending is nice…very dark.
Edit – Brand new review on goodreads:
Edit – First review on Amazon UK:
A young girl approaches a psychiatrist to help decide if she should kill someone or not, what will the outcome be?
This is a very intriguing novelette that makes you want to keep reading to find out what the outcome will be, and very cleverly written, its like the main character, Cassie is speaking to you, as well as the psychiatrist. I thought I guessed the ending part way through, but I was very wrong!!
Very interesting style, and will be interested to read more by Renata.
Edit: Another Great review for Mean!
A dark psychological novelette about young Cassie who pays for sessions with a psychiatrist in order to decide whether to stop herself from killing the person she blames for the horrors of her life, or let the meanness inside of her win.Each chapter is one of the nine therapy sessions, and we only ever hear narration from Cassie, no one else, which I have to say worked surprisingly well. I felt very drawn to Cassie and it was as though I was eavesdropping on her sessions. More of Cassie’s anger pours out as she explains what she endured during her life, and the reader is left eagerly turning the pages for the big reveal of the identity of the person she so urges to kill. I had many thoughts about who this could be, but was never certain, so the twist at the end was a good surprise.The style coupled with the length of this worked well. It is a dark, intriguing read that hooks you very quickly, and is well constructed.
I certainly don’t envy those in the mental health profession. Having to patiently listen to and gently counsel the emotional and psychological woes of others would be a taxing affair. But when your patient declares that her reason for seeing you involves a decision to commit murder, your work is really cut out for you. Such is the premise of MEAN, a psychological thriller by Renata F. Barcelos. MEAN is a highly effective nailbiter that puts you in the doctor’s chair. A first-person novelette, the story moves quickly over the course of the patient’s therapy sessions but loses not a single nuance of the patient’s troubled psyche. Barcelos digs deep into her protagonist, whose traumatic past has resulted in deeply buried pain and a rock-hard exterior that conceals an even greater secret. You’ll want to read MEAN in one sitting. Intensely focused, thought-provoking character exploration doesn’t get much better than this.
Mini Review: Mean by Renata F. Barcelos
Length: 60 pages
Genre: psychological thriller
Target audience: adult
A copy of this novelette for reviewing purposes was sent to me free of charge by the author – thank you very much Renata! That fact, of course, didn’t influence my review in any way.
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
A nice, short, intelligent read. Next time I want a fully-fledged novel, though! Preferably with Cassie as a main character as well because her story is not over, is it?
‘Mean’ totally blew me away. This novelette was so filled with entertainment. It’s the story of a young woman who is turning to the help of a psychiatrist because she thinks this meanness inside of her is going to take over. The story is told in her point of view and the doctor never speaks in the book. It is simply Cassandra’s twisted mind speaking, a one sided book. From the very first doctor’s session the story was crazy. It just took off and was filled with such a crazy story, with twists and turns, that I couldn’t stop reading it. I mean this girl’s life was truly insanity at its best.
I read through this novelette very quickly. I just couldn’t wait to see what Cassandra decided to do.
Then at the end, wow, what a shocker, I did not see that coming. I expected it to be something crazy but not THAT crazy. It was pure brilliance, I really loved this story. It was one of my favorites this year. I just found all of it fascinating.
Latest review – From Amazon Top Reviewer – The Kindle Book Review “The Kindle Book Review”
This is the first story I have read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mean is a novelette which is packed with story. The story is set around a lady who seeks therapy because she feels she has a mean streak inside her. She seeks therapy not for help but to make her decision on whether to act on dark thoughts she has been experiencing.
The story unfolds in a Psychiatrists Therapy Room, it is set around numerous therapy sessions where the patient tells her whole life story and has to make a decision which the Doctor will have a huge impact on the final decision made.
I do not want to spoil the story so I will not divulge anymore. This story is a dark psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns, I read the story in one sitting because it had me captivated from the beginning to the end.
I can not wait to read more of the author’s work, I have rated this 4 stars but if the option was available I would rate a strong 4.5 stars.
(The Kindle Book Review)
Great new review on Amazon UK! Thank you so much, Nicholas Devonald
I’m very picky about my short stories, but I really, really liked this. It’s such a clever concept. Girl goes to therapy…because she wants to kill someone, and she wants her therapist to help her decide whether to do it. I mean, come on? Aren’t you already curious!? I think part of the reason I liked it so much was that Barcelos legitimately did her homework. I thought, well, this would never work. As soon as she names a person, her therapist will have to tell the police. But she even mentioned that loophole in the text and how Cassandra got around it. I had a moment of sheer joyful geekery. The writing was clean, though a little bit exaggerated. It’s an all-dialogue story, which is neat, but some of the phrasing felt a little over-the-top. I also felt that “meanness” just wasn’t impactful enough for the concept Barcelos wanted to get across. But overall, it kept me up turning page after page and I’m about to go buy Barcelos’ other story because I want more!
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