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WHO IS ANTHONY STEPHENS?

Psychological Drama

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Apr 8, 2013: The blurb makes it sound like this story is going to be a polemic against student loan debt. It’s not that at all. In fact, his debts are only one of the reasons Anthony Stephens decides he doesn’t want to be in his life anymore. But rather than suicide, he opts for pseudicide – faking his own death. Now, there’s a few dangers associated with pseudicide. One is you could end up really dead. Another is that someone who helps you could take the fall.

The novel takes place in the aftermath. Through a series of interviews, journal excerpts, and documents, we piece together what has happened. The grieving girlfriend, the cousin from the ‘hood, detectives and coroners, the nice lady who runs a B&B – they all have their take on what happened and on life in general. At the end, you will be scratching your head as you think through what you have read and more and more falls into place. It’s a powerful story. The readers’ interest is held through the unfolding of the mystery, but just as much through the interesting characters, of whom even the most minor have unique motivations and perspectives. The characterization and atmosphere building is great!

I think there might be a minor plot hole or two (I can’t get into them without revealing spoilers), but it might just be me being dense. That said, it’s an exceptionally unique and clever web novel that’s well worth checking out.

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