Allister Boone by J.A. Redmersky
ALLISTER BOONE is a controversial New York psychiatrist who, incapable of lying, tells his patients exactly what he thinks they need to hear: the truth, no matter the consequences. And in a fragile society where the smallest truth can crush the hardest heart, his patients both love and hate him for it.
But Allister is more than an ear and a shoulder with a sharp tongue and a penchant for self-suffering. He is a sociopath in a suit and a smile; he’s addicted to this world but wants it to end; and since he is DEATH, his part in the apocalypse is always just a breath away.
While being Death has its advantages, being a jaded immortal wearing a human like a suit, and with a severe case of OCD, has many disadvantages. Especially when, in a moment of desperation, Allister agrees to play the game of all games with TIME, also known as the insufferable MORTY FINCH: “Let’s see how many lives you can save, while I work against you to end them.”
But Allister’s biggest disadvantage is his own deteriorating mental condition. With billions of souls trapped inside of him, he can only go for so long wearing the same body before the souls drive him mad and send him over a ledge of his own. Literally in a race against Time, Allister must not only save the lives of his patients–which is difficult to do when one has no empathy–but he must do the unthinkable to save himself and put balance back into the world.
ALLISTER BOONE features a vibrant and crude cast of characters: Vanity, the self-loving demon who likes butting-in where she doesn’t belong; Lucifer, who does nothing for anyone without something in return; Pastor John Macon, a famous Christian evangelical who preaches the stairway to heaven but is dancing down the highway to hell; Nancy, Allister’s Jesus II in-training secretary; and a host of patients that range from the cookie-cutter pathetic, to a racist, gun-wielding murder-suicide in the making.
I really enjoyed this book! Not to be cliche, but it got me thinking about the meaning of life and what our purpose is here. When I first started reading, I was a bit skeptical that it would be monotonous, but it was anything but. Allister always telling people exactly what he thinks of their problems was hilarious and refreshing, and I honestly wish he was real so he could tell off all the whiny people in society.
I am an atheist, but am fairly knowledgeable about the Christian religion since my dad’s family is religious. I found the religious themes of this book to super interesting, since they are told from an ‘unbiased’ person, Death, and I feel like focuses more on the philosophical, age old questions about belonging and fate.
My sister studied psychology so while reading, I kept telling her that she really needs to read this book, then report back to me on any of the psychological aspects of it and tell me her thoughts. Obviously, I know the way Allister handles things as a psychologist is a malpractice suit waiting to happen, but I’m sure every psychologist feels like they want to just tell people they are being ridiculous.
This book was refreshing and unique and entertaining and exceeded my expectations. I can’t recommend this book enough. If you are interested, it is available on kindle unlimited and print. Give it a go and let me know what you guys think of it!