Book Review, Mental Illness, Psychological, Science Fiction, Suicide, Thriller

Writer, Seeker, Killer by Ryan Starbloak

Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

Published 09.18.2017 by Freckles Over Scars / Psychological Thriller/ Kindle format / 101pp / B075R7DX5R


Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that to know what lies beyond it. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a death wish. Her search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six-year absence following her family’s permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.

In the course of her journey, she, through inexplicable circumstances, appropriates a pistol identical to the make, model, and serial number her friend had used to commit suicide several months prior to her arrival in New Orleans. Balancing her own suicidal thoughts, Hinanya finds meaning in becoming a graffiti artist, a writer, amid the New Orleans nightscape. When she takes the mantle of writer, she is better.

But her actions create ripples. People are on the lookout for this daring girl and the gun she has. On top of that, the owner of a chicken shack captures her on camera and offers a unique and tempting reward of free fried chicken for her identity. Hinanya must contend with the witch hunt and her own mental illness at the same time. That truth is hers to write.

Writer is a psychological thriller revolving around the failure of the War on Drugs and the collateral damage it has caused to the impoverished and the unloved.


As seen in the author’s video below, the story is based on his own experiences in New Orleans.

Mr. Starbloak’s book is a psychological thriller with metaphysical and philosophical nuances.  The main characters are all complex but interesting, and the plot construction is a bit convoluted but unique in the way it reflects on the results of the War on Drugs campaign.

I wanted to like this book and I did read all of it, but it was a long and arduous journey that I found tedious and unfulfilling.  Please understand that the author is an exceptional writer, but his style is not my cup of tea.

If you think you will like philosophical discourse laced with mental illness, suicidal thoughts, and science fiction, please give this one a try.


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Ryan Starbloak is author to several books of varying genres, a Youtuber (having first appeared on the medium through Rob Potylo’s Quiet Desperation), and musician from Lynn, Massachusetts. He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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