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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
HELLucinate is a story about one woman’s trip through nighttime terrors that found a way of visiting her in the daytime, too. Linda Olarin’s detailed account of her experiences will leave readers wondering if there’s more than a medical explanation for her visions. The author takes her readers through the onset of her hallucinations to her present struggles, discussing each horrifying event. The story is true, and the reader is transfixed as the author describes the aliens, ghosts, and demons who visit her both day and night.
I read HELLucinate quickly, and my concern for the writer grew with every page I turned. It’s almost impossible for me to read an honest account of someone’s nightmarish ordeals without feeling compassion for them, and it was easy to feel sympathy for the author as I read her conversational memoir. The absence of chapters was disconcerting, at first, but I realized quickly that it was an unbreaking narrative. Linda Olarin’s story was continuous, like her writing, and there was no pause in it or the occurrences, only one terrifying instance after another. The book caused me to reflect on my own nighttime habits, and I have considered changing them because of the author's story. After reading the book, I felt that almost every mature reader could benefit from reading the story. I appreciated learning about a truly unique human experience, and I was glad I gathered some scientific knowledge behind narcolepsy, certain types of ghosts and spirits, and whether a person could literally be “scared to death.”