Married to Madness
By Maura Sullivan
In the novel Married to Madness, author Devin Shane offers readers a novel that is a romance at heart, however, the book includes so much more. The work centers on a married couple, Brandon and Zack, who are currently separated. The couple shares a deep bond, but some recent developments are driving them apart. Brandon manages her mental illness by self-medicating but at the same time develops a kind of empowering yet destructive double life. Zack has his own struggles and also leads his own form of a double life that is not always peaceful. With each character highly involved in intense alter lives, the couple has a hard time maintaining closeness. Some highly dramatic events pull the Brandon and Zack in different directions but also together.
The novel, not a straightforward romance, includes many different characters and elements. The central characters each have their own individual complexities and ways to try to manage them. They share a devotion to their children that adds a warmth to a sometimes coldblooded tale. This is no simple story of two lovers. Instead, Shane weaves a novel with lots of added danger, suspense and violence.
The numerous secondary characters expand the novel and serve to fill in story ideas and background. The characters are fairly well developed although the book tends towards the highly dramatic. The central characters are generally believable and readers will find themselves rooting for their success. The main difficulty of the book is that it can be confusing to follow at times, especially in the latter half. The story seems to skip around but readers are unlikely to give up due to the strength of the characters. The dialogue is believable and authentic. It keeps the readers drawn in.
This romance is not for the faint hearted. For those readers looking for an edgy, complex story with some violence and a lot of drama, this may be the perfect choice.