New Book Shines Light on the Darkest Side of Mental Illness

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Senseless acts of violence make perfect sense to those committing them. Best-selling author Janice Holly Booth shows why in "A Voice out of Nowhere: Inside the mind of a mass murderer."

A Voice out of Nowhere

The killer was not someone evil or horrible.

In the wake of the Navy Yard shooting and after the Sandy Hook massacre, one question will forever remain unanswered: Why? What drove Aaron Alexis and Adam Lanza to commit violence against so many innocent people? What was in their minds?

A new book by best-selling author Janice Holly Booth offers some answers. In "A Voice out of Nowhere: Inside the mind of a mass murderer," Booth shares the true story of a mass murder committed by a young man with no history of aggression who suddenly and savagely killed six members of his family in one night of psychotic violence. Praised by one forensic psychiatrist as "a brilliantly written journey into the mind of a mass murderer," A Voice out of Nowhere offers a rare peek inside a criminally disordered mind. The story follows the killer’s transition from peaceful young man to tortured killer where voices, hallucinations and delusions combined to create irresistible forces that had to be obeyed. The outcome was the stuff of nightmares.

Since its release in early September, the Kindle version of "A Voice out of Nowhere" has remained an Amazon best-seller in the category of schizophrenia. "Mass killings committed by the mentally ill are increasing," says Booth. "Clearly, we are failing in an epic way to effectively treat mental illness, and we are seeing the catastrophic results of that failure played out almost daily." Psychotically-induced killings have mulitplied in the past 10 years. "Cracks in the system allow them to continue. That’s why this story is important now," Booth states. "It’s timely and instructive." It’s also – according to readers – "the consummate page turner," "compelling and unforgettable."

"In telling the story from the killer’s point of view," says Booth, "you see a person who is himself a victim, not someone evil or horrible. This young man could have been your brother or your son or your neighbor. This young man could have been you."

Janice Holly Booth was born and raised in British Columbia. Her first book, Only Pack What You Can Carry, was published by National Geographic in 2011. She has a master’s degree in Leadership and was a non-profit CEO for more than 20 years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker. She currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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