Book Review ~ Becoming Insane by Leyla Cardena


When the monsters hiding underneath your bed are much less frightening than the bills you have to pay, the family you have to support, the job you have to find, and the unrealized dreams you cry about, then you know there’s a problem. Especially when you are a full-grown adult in your mid-thirties. It’s 1987.

 John Crane feels like throwing himself out of the window because of his depression, while his friend Jack Vain has to support his spiraling O.C.D. and panic attacks. 

 Their issues are driving them into a shared psychosis. Without these issues, John and Jack may never have needed to go searching for the demon in the middle of the night, through the mean streets of New York. John Crane’s writings will never be read and discussed, and Jack Vain’s drawings and paintings will never be seen and admired. But the creature is here. It knows them. It wants them. It wants their help. It wants to eat, to touch, to create. It wants to live and be free. It wants to avoid death and become immortal. John and Jack’s creativity looks like the perfect host. 

 As the beast of insanity takes hold, will John and Jack survive their own imaginations? 

What I Thought

As some people may know  I am not someone who reads thrillers very often. I have to say though I love the feel to this book. It's almost as if you get into both John and Jack's head, which is clever and not easy for a writer to do.

I thoroughly enjoyed Becoming Insane by Leyla Cardena and would recommend it to anyone but especially someone who might like a quick but thrilling book they could devour in several days.


 Book Title: Becoming Insane
 Author: Leyla Cardena
 Release Date: 30th April 2019 
Genre: Thriller 
Page Count: 214 
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing 

About the Author

 I was born on the 2nd of August 1990 in Geneva, Switzerland, and still live there until today. I haven’t even changed neighborhood! I still like it very much and the fact that I live near the red-light district makes it even more interesting. 

I had many little jobs since the age of fourteen, shoe shops, hairdressers, pharmacy, boutiques. Then from the age of sixteen until eighteen I became an apprentice as an administrative assistant, working at the company three times a week and going to commercial school twice a week. I then found a job at eighteen as an administrative assistant in a trust company then got promoted as a legal assistant for its corporate department. 

I went to night school to study law, and gathered some other professional certificates/diplomas during that time. At 23, I quit everything as I realized that the only reason why I did all this was because I needed to be financially stable enough to write and create. Something I unfortunately didn’t have the time to do while working and studying. 

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We had one of those meetings yesterday with our social worker which left us feeling hopeless again. Left us wondering what the hell is going on. Left us feeling like things have come full circle and we are now back at the beginning much like we were when we had our very first social worker for our assessment.

Reasons to be Cheerful ~ Week 2

I've a few things to be cheerful for this week. The children had fun at my sister's and both returned safely, Mr K and I have had time with Will and James and also alone which was much needed. 

Yesterday we went to the English Festival which was great fun. We went last year and had a good time so I'm pleased it ran as smoothly this year with the same wonderful stalls and a few extra surprises like this beautiful parrot from a rescue charity.

I had a friend visit who I haven't seen in a couple of years. She lives in Bath so it meant a lot that she came all the way to see me. We took her 3 little ones to soft play and roller skating. I was terrified of making a fool of myself and falling over loads but we went twice and I didn't fall once! I can't wait to take the children some time. 

Today is Easter Sunday which is an important day for us. We had a wonderful service at our church this morning, my Mum got to see where we worship which I've been trying to organise since we moved to Kent and the kids enjoyed an Easter egg hunt around the church before we headed home for a traditional roast dinner cooked by Mr K. 

My added reason is that today also marks 2 years since Mr K and I got together. I didn't realise it landed on such a special day this year and after all we've been through lately it just feels like something extra special for me.

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It's very nearly Easter and I think most of us are also on our 2 week break to celebrate. I've got a super simple recipe for some yummy vegan creme eggs. If you've ever tried to buy the free from versions of these you'll know you're looking at a pack of 3 for nearly £10 on most sites and almost £3 an egg if sold individually on others.

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ April

Looking out my window

Now I have managed to sit down after a long day in the garden and out and about, outside of my window there is now mostly the night fall, the streetlamp pours a little light in showing a tree shadow. It's peaceful.

I am thinking

About my children who are enjoying a holiday with my sister. About seeing my friend that I haven't seen in years tomorrow. Also about the caramel slices hiding under my table!

I am thankful

For a glorious day which allowed us to tidy, build and plant in our very much on the way to completion garden!

One of my favorite things

Plushies. I love my collection and have been adding one a month! I like a cuddle with my plushies when I'm feeling low.

I am creating

Our garden!

I am wearing

A harry potter top (thanks issy!), a hoody, tracksuit bottoms and fluffy thick socks because I am cold!

I am reading

A book called The Explosive Child and The Kenneth Williams Diaries

I am hoping

For more good weather this week so all our plans can go ahead. Also for a good night's sleep without too much back pain from the digging!

I am learning

About different plants and vegetables. How to make a poly tunnel to help our veggies grow and reading up about how not to kill my rhubarb!

In my kitchen

Gluten and dairy free Poptarts homemade (ish) by myself. 

In the school room

Easter gardens made in Sunday School.

In my garden

Our friendly resident Robin.

Post Script

If you're a snail mail (letter writing) lover then please check out this charity Me To You Letters. I love sending letters and cards to people and this charity helps people living with cancer, especially going through treatment have some lovely happy post to look forward to.

A moment from my day

Gluten free and made with coconut milk homemade battered fish. The best I've ever made!

Closing Notes
Thank you as always for reading!

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