Rick Lacey   Author/Ghostwriter

Folie à Deux

Among the 12 most mind blowing mental delusions and syndromes ever studied, far and away the most provocative, least understood, and most poetically named is Folie à Deux.

All studies done identify a primary sufferer whose symptoms were transferred on a secondary sufferer who was susceptible due to proximity, a shared family history of psychiatric illness, and his or her own similar past psychiatric history.

Though still generally considered rare, one study identified 64 cases and concluded that Folie à Deux can occur in many situations outside the current classification systems and is not as rare as believed.  It advised clinicians to be observant for unrecognized psychiatric problems in the secondary.

To date, all studies have fallen short in that none have identified a case in its purest and most perfect form as occurs in A Fan of Death and Shakespeare where both sufferers are primary in that they not only share the genetic predisposition and the family susceptibility to psychiatric illness but they both endured the same psychotic transformation event together at the same time.  In spite of the fact that the only detailed description of this most perfect form of psychosis only occurs in the pages of fiction, the psychological principles are sound and a real life example is certainly out there waiting to be discovered in reality.

                                                                                Rick Lacey
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                                                            re: A Fan of Death and Shakespeare

Dear Reviewer,

Reader appetite for the truly unique psychological thriller is greater than ever.  Since the releases of Gone Girl (June 2012) and The Girl on the Train (February 2015), that demand has been left growing and largely unfilled.  Written to satisfy the pent-up craving, A Fan of Death and Shakespeare promises to be the next extraordinary leap in the evolution of the female-driven psychological thriller.

Fans of the genre have been forced to accept vague descriptions of psychological disorders afflicting various scheming murderers and serial killers.  Readers left to form their own diagnosis assign labels like psychopath, sociopath, schizophrenic, or psychotic based on their own limited knowledge of psychiatry, a discipline with vast disagreement among its practitioners.  While the Gone Girl was an unsalvageable psychopath and The Girl on the Train was just emotionally damaged, A Fan of Death and Shakespeare features true identical-twin psychotics and describes their psychotic transformation.

The novel provides a precise and chilling description of Folie à Deux, the purist and most perfect form of psychosis ever studied.  The reader is privileged to enter the minds of the killers to watch them become psychotic, struggle to live with their condition, and fight to cure themselves.

The final element readers demand is a mind-blowing plot twist.  A Fan of Death and Shakespeare may be the only psychological thriller in which readers cheer for the success of the psychotic killer and the death of the innocent victim.  The plot is complex, but nothing is held back and every aspect is well supported.  Going into the climactic final scene readers will be emotionally attached to their own hopes, fears, and expectations.

No matter how close they read and how certain they are as to just who deserves to live and who deserves to die, there is one thing this novel can promise.  The outcome will shock every reader.

Thank you in advance for your review.  It will be featured in publicity surrounding the launch.

Sincerely,

 
Rick Lacey