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Gatsby's Smile

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,720 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Gatsby's Smile is a psychological thriller/murder mystery.

A police psychiatrist's Imaginary Friend from childhood reappears and, in order to save future victims' lives, persuades the grieving doc to murder all the suspects in a mysterious serial killer case.

Dr Morana 'Moody' Blue, fears she's begun to manifest the symptoms of schizophrenia because Maro, the Imaginary Frien
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Published December 18th 2013 by kdp (first published December 1st 2013)
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Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Too often the label 'psychological thriller' is applied to anything that contains a modicum of suspense or the ubiquitous serial killer. Thankfully there are authors like Morana Blue who are not afraid to delve into the parts of the human psyche that most of us will be more familiar with and offer a truly psychological slant to a crime drama. Things like dealing with dysfunctional families, love and death. Self-loathing and self-doubt. Paranoia and the feeling that it's all coming apart around y ...more
Lily J
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fancied a bit of a change and the synopsis of this book ticked all the right boxes and I'm very glad I took a chance on it because I got into the story right from the start and I just didn't want to get out. The narrative just takes you away with it and keeps on going and going. The characters felt very very real to me and so very very believable. They all seem to be dealing with their own separate psychological demons and I began to care about them all so much - especially Morana and her sadn ...more
Morana Blue
Oct 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when I would've called Harry a minute or two after I'd seen the body. While I was still seeing, in fact.I'd be stood there, staring down at tonight's shade of death. Absorbing the scene. Disorganized killings, mainly. Crimes of anger; crimes of passion. The same thing, in the end. Ordinary, regular murder. Men who snap. Women who smoulder.I'd take a moment. Pull out the 'phone. Then call him. And in that long silent open moment - the moment just after you've pressed the button b ...more
Grant Nicol
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant little surprise I must say. It’s slightly unorthodox in the way that it goes about itself but that’s what I liked about it. It’s a psychological thriller in the true sense of the word. In many ways it feels as though the entire story happens between the ears of the central character, Morana ‘Moody’ Blue such is the claustrophobic nature of the narrative. The story doesn’t move around very much physically either which makes it feel as though it’s all being played out insi ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an intense read - the author takes you from such darkness to real snort out loud humor in just a few lines which I think must be so hard to do. Just when I'm thinking oh more murder/mayhem/despair...bam! I'm snorting my tea through my nose and all's well in my little reading world.

The characters are so richly drawn they almost feel in the room with you and here's the rub (as Morana would say) the real reason that I wrote this little review - the conversations
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The one liners in this book and some of the conversations made me actually laugh out loud though I probably shouldn't have done as the subject matter is rather dark and sad. Despite it being dark though it really is funny. I suppose that's what dark humour is. I'd like to read a follow up book. Soon, please. ...more
Lacy M
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book was a dark, psychological thriller that aroused my interest. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The protagonist Morana "Moody" Blue is very compelling and the fracture in her psyche over the loss of her unborn baby drives her to do impossible things. There has been a series of murders and she is determined to find the killer out, even as the investigation narrows down to she herself becoming one of the Fabulous Five suspects. She seems to suffer from schizophrenia like her te ...more
Robert Beck
I liked it a lot, yes - and so I've given it 5 stars - but I know Morana 'Moody' Blue can do better. It's so with delighted trepidation - and still chuckling - that I look forward to her next deranged tome.

And I trust I'll be in it. Again.
Christine E. Long
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start, engaging middle, satisfying end.

A little ponderous early on. I had to get my head around the rhythm of this author. Once that was accomplished, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of getting in the author's head. I had to work for this, but it was entirely worth it.
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It's a really really good story about someone slowly going mad and you go mad along with her. I wondered if it was a true story? ...more
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Fearing schizophrenia.
Scrapping in public with her invisible friend.
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“SWAT? For me?" Still trembling, one hand clung to the ambulance gurney, the other held a massive sterilised cotton wool wad under my nose.
"Tactical Support was busy. You got Dennis and Arlo," said Harry, speed-reading the papers he'd snatched from inside my jacket.
Closest his hands had been to my chest in a long time.
"Which one broke my nose?"
"That'd be Dennis.”
“Apparently, we're all in the frame," I heard Harry murmur somewhere behind me. And I whirled back to him. Innate, irrational anger surged. Then stopped, dead - as I suddenly took in Handsome, Robert and Doc. They were all staring at me. They were concentrating, all resolute, all a tad furrow-browed… upon my face.
Self-consciousness burgeoned. I gingerly fingered my and lips and my chin,
"Am I drooling?"
"Your arse is hanging out," said Harry, not looking up from the forensics he was scanning.
And so it was.
Handsome, Robert and Doc averted their eyes as I, wishing I'd merely been dribbling, grabbed the back flaps of my breezy hospital gown, fully placed my back against the wall. Then, thinking better of it, dived hurriedly, carefully, back into bed.
If Chinese Lady'd been here, she could've, would've, told me.
I missed her already.”
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