No, You're Crazy
A teenage girl with a rare mental disorder attracts dangerous attention when she claims she can see into the future.
When sixteen-year-old Ashlee Sutton's home life falls apart, she is beset by a rare mental illness that makes her believe she's clairvoyant. While most people scoff at her, she begins demonstrating an uncanny knack for sometimes predicting the future, using what could either be pure luck or something more remarkable. And when she helps her drug-addict father win enough casino cash to accidentally overdose, she becomes the target of violent people determined to exploit her, and she goes on the run. Ashlee reaches out to a distant relative, traumatized war journalist Mike Baker. Soon, at least in Ashlee's eyes, they are both plunging dangerously into an existential rabbit hole where their core belief, that humanity and personal connections are a blight, will be put to the ultimate test.
No, You’re Crazy is a multilayered novel that examines the many ways a family can wound and heal us. A page-turning thriller and a sensitive look at faith and neurodiversity, it ultimately dares to ask, Who gets to decide what’s real?
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“A riveting exploration of the thin line between reality and perception, skillfully woven into a narrative that blends elements of a page-turning thriller with a poignant examination of family dynamics and mental health. With its engaging plot, well-drawn characters, and thought-provoking themes, this book is a must-read for those seeking a gripping and intellectually stimulating literary experience.” ~ Pratibha Malav, Author of the novel If Tomorrow Comes
A compelling saga of being lost, found, and coming full circle to recognize the real value of life. ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Irresistible...wonderfully engaging read. ~ Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society 2023 Book Awards
Appeals with breakneck plotting… ~ Brett Josef Grubisic, Vancouver Sun Newspaper
No, You’re Crazy is a multilayered novel that examines the many ways a family can wound and heal us. A page-turning thriller and a sensitive look at faith and neurodiversity, it ultimately dares to ask, Who gets to decide what’s real? Furthermore, and a book that fully deserves to be read in one sitting, although its magically alluring prose shouldn’t be rushed through at any cost, this sweeping book of connection, loss and love (and most every illuminating human factory sense in-between) is a uniquely captivating read brought forth by author Jeff Beamish. Full of intertwining sentences, solidly written paragraphs, and artfully told chapters, what we witness on the page is made all the more intriguing by the fact that what our lead character is going through is nothing short of how a lot of people sense life to be today for themselves. And although not a How-To manual, by any stretch of the imagination, right here comes the perfect word to sum this literary ride up: Imagination. Without it, not only can Ashlee begin to survive in the world around her, but the reader themselves can catch a little bit of its wide-ranging enchantment, thus following alongside our lead on her adventure(s) in perfect symmetry. A hefty read, sure, but one that draws you in instantly from the very first paragraph on through to the satisfying yet dulcetly-crafted, perhaps even dutifully thrilling conclusion, No, You’re Crazy will bring pause to ponder throughout a generation that reads it - given that how we define ourselves, our preconceptions on how life should be, are expertly veined throughout ~ Exclusive Magazine, Review
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars. No, You’re Crazy is an electrifying literary voyage that defies conventional boundaries, leaving an indelible imprint upon the reader’s soul. Jeff Beamish’s masterful storytelling intertwines threads of psychological depth, family dynamics, and the enigmatic nature of existence itself. With prose that dances like whispered secrets and characters that pulse with vibrant authenticity, this novel grips you from the opening page and never relinquishes its hold. Prepare to be enthralled by the raw power of the human spirit, to question the boundaries of belief and reality, and to emerge from this transformative journey forever changed. … a captivating tapestry that demands to be experienced, a symphony of emotions that resonates long after the final page is turned. ~ The Bookish Elf
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this one. I stayed engaged, and enjoyed the main character. The author created an interesting premise and carried it out nicely. ~ Paul V, NetGalley
Beamish has a talent for seeing inside people’s minds, understanding what makes them tick and connecting their thoughts to life’s meanings and themes. Once readers connect to Ashlee and her maybe-grandfather, they're in for an action-packed adventure, with nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout. Beamish takes readers on a hell of a ride, but there’s a little heaven mixed in there too. ~ Tracy Sherlock, Cover to Cover
This fascinating book delves into the depths of reality and existence and leaves the reader questioning both. ...a gratifying work of psychological fiction (and) an enlightening and emotionally rich experience. ~ Literary Titan
Author Jeff Beamish takes us into many realms, places that are warm, dark, dang, and scary yet the messages come through and understanding Ashlee and hope readers will embrace her with her mental illness, astute senses and realize does this fit her when states: No Youre Crazy? Is she? Told in the voices of Ashlee and Mike using different timelines the author created two powerful characters whose pasts, presents and hopefully futures are told in a powerful, heartbreaking and hopeful way. ~ Fran Lewis - Just Reviews, https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2023/05/23/no-youre-crazy/
5 out of 5 stars: intriguing, fast-paced… an enthralling read that will stay with me for a long time… I recommend it to everyone, as long as you understand that it is a novel that cuts straight to the bone of your preconceptions about life and will challenge you. ~ Paul Zietsman (Reviewer), Readers’ Favorite
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This was a really well done thriller novel, it worked overall with everything that I was hoping for. Jeff Beamish does a great job in creating realistic people and I enjoyed the way they were written. I enjoyed the concept and I thought it did it respectfully. ~ Kathryn McLeer (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Drunkenly dark and magically twisted — as if the spirit of Charles Bukowski woke up in an Elmore Leonard novel and went looking for trouble. ~ Peter Darbyshire, the award-winning author of Has the World Ended Yet? and The Warhol Gang.
I really enjoyed this book. I’d say I read it in one sitting, but by the time this gritty, inventive novel reached its thrilling conclusion, I was standing on my chair. More than a simple coming-of-age story (or two), No, You’re Crazy explores how our relationship to our own body bleeds out into the world and leaves pieces of us everywhere we go. ~ Harrison Mooney, author of Invisible Boy, a memoir of self-discovery
No, You’re Crazy is a sweeping, shape-shifting saga of connection, loss, and love. It’s a wildly ambitious exploration of neurodiversity, acceptance and how we define ourselves. It’s an uplifting story exploring good versus evil and free will versus fate. Readers will be captivated by Beamish’s unique voice and novel plot lines. You’ll never look at the world in the same way again. ~ Thomas Armstrong, author of the novel Childless and the non-fiction book The Power of Neurodiversity