Cold Comfort - E. Abernathy
After being found not guilty for murder by reason of insanity, John Colucci a schizophrenic is committed to a mental asylum for 8 years. At the end of his time he is released into the care of his sister, a sister he can’t remember who is married to a cop who hates him. Over time he realises that he is was committed after murdering a child, a crime he cannot remember doing. After he got out it is up to him to try to get on with his life whilst remembering to take his medication and to ignore the voices in his head. On one of his walks he meets Caitlin a female reporter and from their first meeting there is a romantic liaison, but is Caitlin only with him for love. Whilst he is out there are some more murders and John has to prove his innocence.
Whilst reading this book you can tell that the author has really researched mental health, and possibly her time working in the legal system has helped her with this. John reminds me a lot of Mr Coffey (The Green Mile) a gentle man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had sympathy for him and was backing him up all the way when he was trying to get his life back. From the start he was up against the system but he was not alone he had so much support. Caitlin is one strong woman who will not take no for an answer, and I personally think if it was not for her he would have been re-committed.
The story flowed well and made it a quick read, written in John’s POV, really helped explain the story and the suffering he went through. I was surprised when the murderer was revealed and I was glad that the author did not finish this book with a HEA as I think it would not have done this book justice. With everything that John had gone through I would not have expected him to go skipping into the sunset with a smile on his face.
Overall a really good book