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Amanda Woods is a twice-diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, pitifully neglected by social services for almost 12 years. During that time, she has teetered on the edge of reality, plagued by a variety of delusions, including one involving her late mother, Rhoda Pruitt. Amanda calls it her "Rhoda-delusion." However, her new case worker, Donna Rodriguez, has met Rhoda, and she knows Rhoda is not a delusion at all. Driven by her desire to help others, Donna digs deep into Amanda's past, which leads her to uncover Rhoda's history as well. Stunned by what she discovers, she calls on her priest, Father Elias Antonelli, for help. Elias is a man of faith and a popular priest in his community, but he has long struggled with his commitments to the Catholic Church. Elias would like to help Amanda, but when he comes face to face with Rhoda Pruitt, he discovers something he was not expecting, something that threatens everything he has ever believed in.
©2015 Joelle Steele (P)2016 Joelle Steele
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By jey cee on 12-23-16


What made the experience of listening to Delusions the most enjoyable?

The characters was very interesting. The story keep me engaged and I had a hard time putting the book down. It is a great read and I would recommend it.

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By Victoria Schwimley on 12-20-16

Sad but realistic view of mental disorders

This story is a sad, but realistic view of how the mind might function once something disrupts its normal pattern. The story begins with Amanda Woods giving up everything positive in her life to be a caregiver to her dying mother, who once abandoned her. Amanda feels resentment, but also a sense of responsibility. As time goes by and the length of time she cares for her mother is prolonged, Amanda begins to exhibit signs of a mental disorder. Doctors diagnosis Amanda as a high-functioning schizophrenic and place her in the care of social workers. More years pass and Amanda’s case is passed to different social workers. Amanda lives in her delusional world until her newest social worker begins to suspect that something is amiss in Amanda life. It’s a compassionate story with a strong narrator.

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