Holly Miller hears voices~but, of course, they're all in her head.
That's the premise of Sounds Like Crazy, by Shana Mahaffey. Mahaffey's novel is full of a dark kind of fun, which will keep you reading until the redemptive end.
Holly is basically an anti-social NYU honors grad who's stuck in the most social of careers~diner waitress. In between scribbling orders and fending off conversations with the creepy side of New York City, she engages in a little repartee with a group she calls "The Committee."
"The Committee" consists of 5 distinct personalities who are very close to Holly & exist only in that 3rd dimension inside her head. In other words, Holly is host to multiple personalities, who both help & hinder her in her quest to uncover a few pretty dark secrets she's long ago buried in her subconscious.
Far from being a psychological text on Dissociative Indentity Disorder, or a modern paen to Sally Field's "Sybil" of 1976, Sounds Like Crazy takes the reader on a wild ride thru New York City & within Holly's thought processes, as she embarks on a 2-pronged attack to turning 30~she uses her personalities to launch a wildly popular voiceover career as the star of an animated TV show, while at the same time tackling a sticky self-examination to get to the bottom of her distress.
Sandwiched within almost 400 pages, Mahaffey introduces us to Holly & "The Committee": Seriously overweight Ruffles, who gorges on the chips of the same name; The Boy, who seems to be an alter-ego for another life in another time; The Silent One, who keeps watch over Holly's spiritual side; Sarge, who keeps the trains running on time & Holly's nemesis, Betty Jane, who is so high-maintenance that she pretty much drives Holly, well, crazy. Betty Jane is also the personality at the center of Holly's new show biz career.
Mahaffey's characters, from her heroine (and she really does turn out to be one), Holly, to the BF Peter, to obligatory shrink, Milton, are sharp & sassy. And "The Committee" commands the reader's attention, as well.
Sounds Like Crazy is sometimes cryptic, sometimes cozy and just insightful enough to keep the pages turning until the slightly shocking apex of the story. I have to say that I was a little sad, after finishing the novel, to leave Holly & "The Committee" behind.
Author Shana Mahaffey, as her Web site indicates, is just as eclectic as her characters. Her different take on the human condition is a fun & eye-opening read.