Failing Minds: A Seductively Sinister Story About the Human Brain. (Keeping Minds Book 2) by Vinal Lang
Join a confident but struggling woman named Jill on a dark psychological journey about love, death, mental illness, sex, drugs, and the extremes she goes through to try and change her life for the better. Once she gets tied to her abusive boyfriend's serious crimes, it's all about covering up her past, and present at any cost.
What dark secrets may be hiding inside a couple of ordinary people, that could take them on a dark, twisted journey with an unbelievably shocking end?
A dangerous mental illness? Endless, self-destructive drug abuse? Bottled up violence and rage? Chilling personal revelations? A cold-blooded murder?
Or all of the above, perhaps?
To the outside world, Jill and James are the perfect couple: she's a gorgeous curvy brunette and he's a blond Adonis. Inside their small apartment, it's a different story. Drug problems and convictions for petty crimes now mean that Jill cannot find work except in a local bar, while James's bipolar disorder, when left unmedicated, leaves him too unstable to work. Jill is forced to work on occasion at a local strip club to make ends meet and to afford the medications that James needs to behave less like a physically abusive and violent control freak and more like the man she loves with all her heart. When James's paranoia leads to his exploration of a government lab working on mind control and thought engineering and to the murder of one of the scientists supposedly doing the research, Jill realizes that she is permanently bound to James as an accessory to his crimes—a modern day Bonnie to his Clyde. She must depend on her stripper persona to get James to take his medications and remain the man that she can love and loves her.
Failing Minds is an edgy, gritty novel about how certain events can intertwine otherwise separate lives. A story that shows how small decisions, that you make every day, can affect other people's lives in ways, that you may have never imagined. A seductively dark ride through the lives and minds of ordinary people, being pushed into extraordinary circumstances.
This story follows the book Keeping Minds, with a timeline that runs parallel to that story. This story will unmask parts of the first book in a new and intricate way, while providing its own fascinatingly dark, suspenseful story. Please be sure to read that book first.
What readers are saying:
“Fantastic voyage! This was a fantastic follow up to Keeping Minds. It burrowed deeper into the lives of the background characters and put a realistic spin on how life takes unexpected turns.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I loved it... I didn't want to stop reading... the suspense, especially at the end, the bitter sad justice for one” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“WOW!!! Great book! Picked it up last night and only put it down to sleep! About to reopen and reread Keeping Minds again now that I've read this! Cannot wait for the next one!!! Totally hooked!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Great follow up to the first book. You should prepare to be amazed by this great author, once again. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series. Keep them coming.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Fantastic! To be honest I didn't know how Lang could top the first book, but he did! This book is darker in content as compared to the first and it was great. The intricacy of the relationships between the original and new characters will keep me reading the rest of this series. I was not expecting the stories to intertwine as they did. There are many little details that explain and expand on the first book. I can't wait to see what comes next!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I thought the first book was amazing but I absolutely LOVED this follow up book! It brought out so much of the first story that was overlooked. It is definitely darker but I see why it had to be. It was a very different reading experience. I can't wait for the next one!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I kept on reading after Keeping minds because I had so many questions. I had heard that this book takes place alongside Keeping minds and it is the darker side. It was true, but there is also a light at the end of a tunnel and a story with another young woman named Jill coming to know herself, her mind and reality. There is parallels between both books between the characters and the minds involved. Each has a role to play, and a lesson to learn. I can't wait for book 3! This was an incredible journey and made me question my own memories and beliefs about humanity.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My editors’ comments:
"I was thrilled to be able to work on this second installment. Once again, the story was compelling, and there was never a moment where it dragged or lagged. It was truly page-turning stuff. In addition to the plot being intriguing, the characters were well developed, and the story had me constantly wondering what would happen next. You have very skillfully intertwined this story with Keeping Minds in a fresh and unexpected way. When you first mentioned another storyline running concurrently and involving different characters, I was skeptical about how well it would work. I am now a believer."
As with Keeping Minds, this book contains mature, adult content, even more than before. Please read with the expectation of disturbingly shocking and twisted, unedited human behavior.
Book one of this series is: Keeping Minds
Below are some quotes from different reviewers of Keeping Minds:
“This book doesn't fit into any sort of conventional genre descriptions, or into a neat little box. It is, quite frankly, unlike any other book I have ever read. I always look for something a bit different, and this was it!”
“The book combines the best elements of a romance story, a sex fantasy, a suspense, a mystery, and a philosophy book.....It really is eye-opening, and completely entertaining in how brutally honest (and non-PC) it is."
"Overall, "Keeping Minds" is the type of novel that deserves recognition for being outside the box and wholly unique, it was well worth the read."
"There are erotic moments, sad moments, joyful moments and moments that pull at your heartstrings. There is murder and mystery, suspense, romance and revelations as we are guided through this unique and exciting story. I highly recommend this book!"