Roger Schick is a good friend and JRD reader who has been working diligently in making his indie lit debut, and the wait has been well worth it. Stormie Knight is a tour de force through the world of schizophrenia and alternate reality as seen through the eyes of its compelling female protagonist. Chock full of allegory, action-packed narrative and harrowing plot twists, this is one you won’t want to miss. Here’s my beta read on his soon-to-be-released suspense novel you need to put on your bucket list…
Stormie Knight by Roger Schick is a well-crafted psychological thriller taking us through the labyrinth inside the mind of its female protagonist. Jennifer Peterson and her sister Jordana are unfortunates born to a dysfunctional family, trying their best to cling to a semblance of normalcy in a world dependent upon the whims of an alcoholic father. When Jordana is murdered, Jennifer crashes and burns in a state of schizophrenia. She begins inventing alternate universes through which the author brings us with Hitchcockian glee, keeping our heads spinning as Jennifer goes to sleep in one dimension and wakes up in the next. We follow her and her alter ego Nolan along with her paladin Tabitha as she careens through a kaleidoscopic existence leading to deception, delusion and murder in this breathtaking character study.
Schick’s skills as a storyteller are fully evident as we are seamlessly led through a narrative that would have normally lost us along the first chapter. The loss of her sister leads Jennifer to a halfway house where she takes on the role of Stormie Knight, hiring on as an assistant in helping homeless women. She meets Tabitha, an Artful Dodger from the dark side who accompanies Stormie on a twisted trail where the lost girls begin disappearing in horrific episodes. It brings Detective Nolan Parker onto the trail of the Blue Rose Killer, where Stormie channels both Nolan and galactic warrior Morning Star in dealing with the surreal forces tearing her world apart. We teeter on the brink of apocalyptic devastation before falling face-first into blood soaked alleys, desperately trying to cling to reality in following Stormie through the battle of her life.
Too much to digest? Don’t be fooled. Catch hold of this mindbender and join the long line of Schick readers who are anxiously awaiting the prequel.