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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Who’s Afraid of the Chair? is an intriguing and eye-opening crime novel by E.C. O’Reilly. Audrey McNally is a counselor with a dream. She wishes to supervise the construction and operation of accessible mental health clinics for the disabled. This proves difficult for her to achieve as she is disabled herself, and it is hard for most financiers to overlook the stigma attached to her situation. After several failed attempts to obtain funding, an entrepreneur shows interest in financing her project. Audrey jumps at the opportunity, unaware of anything other than the love of her work and the well-being of her clients. However, strange men soon begin to hang around her apartment and she witnesses something that shifts her perspective about her wealthy benefactor. Seemingly appearing insignificant in the corrupt world to which she has been lured, Audrey must use her wits and intelligence to outsmart the people who threaten her.
Audrey shines throughout the story. She has good and bad days, revealing a vulnerable quality hidden beneath her sarcasm, but she’s clever and compassionate. E.C. O’Reilly reveals eye-opening aspects about people who operate with disabilities. The author raises awareness and shows the challenges many disabled persons face as they evaluate whether they can enter the business world to seek the help they need. The book details how isolated certain disabled persons can become, and the individual stories peppered through the novel are as real as the characters brought to life by the author. Who’s Afraid of the Chair? should be read by mature readers who are ready for an empowering book with an entertaining story that may make them redefine their criteria of a strong protagonist.