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The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks

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THE UNRAVELING OF BRENDAN MEEKS is a first-person glimpse into the mind of a young man with schizophrenia as he deals with tragic loss. The result is a unique and unforgettable mystery clouded with hallucinations and fraught by paranoia.

Meeks is a young man born with a silver spoon jammed down his throat, a fact his domineering mother has never let him forget. Although he
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Published September 12th 2017 by Pandamoon Publishing
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Susan Hampson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely stunning book, the inside is just as unusual as the superb art work on this cover and it just blew me away!
Now we are rapidly approaching the end of October and Brendan Meeks has become my favourite new character of this year and to be honest I think it would take a mighty big person to knock him off that spot! This bloke battles on a daily basis just to survive, a constant need to balance his meds with a need to function as near as damn it to normal life, like everyone else.
Olga Miret
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good psychological portrayal of a young man suffering from schizophrenia and a mystery that is not all in his mind. I’m writing this review as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. If you are an author and are looking for reviews, I recommend you check here, as she manages a great group of reviewers and if they like your book, you’ve made it!
Having read and enjoyed Brian Cohn’s previous novel The Last Detective  (you can check my review here), I was very intrigued by his new novel. Although it als
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Brian Cohn and Pandamoon Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

If you ever wondered what it was like to be trapped in a mind of a schizophrenic patient then The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks by Brian Cohn is just the book for you. This story is unlike any other physiological thriller you will come across. Brian’s choice of wording in this were very creative, descriptive, and unique to the characters situation. Some references I found even
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Thank you Brian, i practically devoured it. Never a dull moment. And yes it was just how schizophrenic patient behave and think. I know because i work as mental health support worker. Enjoyed it. Beautifully written. Thanks.
Terry Tyler
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author, to review this for Rosie Amber's Review Team

Brendan Meeks is schizophrenic. He thinks his head contains an important, secret code, and that mysterious men in dark suits are trying to get inside his brain. He comes from an affluent, middle class, dysfunctional family; his mother is cold and aspirational, his father a weak shadow, but his sister is the one light in his life. Brendan lives in a run down apartment block, where his friends are a druggie, a drunkard
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok so I was intrigued ,haveing worked with many people with this condition how true was it ,and I have to say quite true ,it is very rare that people with this condition are violent ,that's a myth and a Hollywood plot more than truth,they can be but that's a minority ,it's very true they are frightened ,paranoid and believe in conspiracy s
So I was rather relived he didn't make Brendon lash out
The voices are usually very critical of the person with the condition ,that's an understatement they a
Jessica Bronder
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ha
Emily Feely
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There isn't much better for me than a thriller with an unreliable narrator and if you enjoy well-written books that keep you on the edge of your seat, then this book will not disappoint.
In the Unraveling of Brendan Meeks, you realize very quickly that Brendan is a paranoid schizophrenic not too keen on taking his medications as prescribed. His mental illness has pushed him away from most family and friends and his only real support is his sister. When she is murdered, Brendan sets out to find h
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks and I really enjoyed the book! The perspective of the protagonist was really unique and made for not only an exciting plot but brought in its own aspects and twists that really showed some incredible skill from the author. The author really showed how thin the line of mental illness and reality can be in someone with a significant mental illness. Brendan was a lovable protagonist who develops through the book and becomes a character that you're ...more
Susan Kuchinskas
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Schizophrenics: crazy and scary, right? At least, that's the way they're usually portrayed in thrillers. But Cohn's protagonist, Brendan Meeks, is a normal, good guy who has schizophrenia. When his sister is killed under mysterious circumstances, Brendan steps up to crack the case, helped by a group of quirky, fascinating characters. How much of the weird events are only in Brendan's mind, and how paranoid is he, really? Cohn builds a deeply satisfying mystery anchored by a complex portrait of a ...more
Amy Shannon
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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, al
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the basic premise of the story - such a unique idea to have a First Person account from a schizophrenic ... whose own narrative is always questionable ...
Very good use of going back and forth in the timeline as well, trying to explain why the characters behve the way they do,
The murder mystery angle is good to begin with, but it ends tamely, and many readers maybe able to guess at least a part of the twist in the end.
Too many red herrings hamper the closure of the case as well,
Great profi
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved this novel. It was a little slow in the beginning, but picked up quickly. It's definitely one hell of a page turner. It's full of suspense and twists and turns you'll never see coming. It's written beautifully and I felt as though I was right there with the characters experiencing everything with them. I could picture the whole thing playing in my head like a movie. Also, it gives great insight and understanding of mental illness what those with mental illness are truly capabl ...more
Cheri Champagne
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks is an engaging, fast-paced mystery told through the eyes of someone with Schizophrenia. I'm not well-versed in psychology (aside from taking some psych courses in university), but Brian Cohn really did a spectacular job of giving the reader a more realistic-feeling look at Schizophrenia, and rounding out the protagonist.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I highly recommend it! Kudos to Brian Cohn!
Penni Jones
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Unraveling of Brendan Meeks is the story about a schizophrenic young man whose sister is murdered, and he is the only person who seems determined to bring her killer to justice. The story twists and turns, and the reader can't be certain if Brendan's perceptions are real or by-products of his mental illness. I couldn't put it down.
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