Review: Exit – Shane Filer
For the past six years, Briar has dealt with her Agoraphobia, slowly coming out of her self-imposed isolation. She fears wide open spaces, afraid of mingling with huge crowds. She’s not sure as to what brought on the disorder, but she’s doing everything possible to overcome it. So much so, that she’s willing to give her friends a chance once more.
Delving into the secrets of her past, Briar tries to understand what brought about the condition. There are things she knows she shouldn’t dwell upon, as they’ll do her more harm than good. Sadly, she can’t help herself. If she’s to succeed in integrating herself into society once more, she’ll need to lay her ghosts to rest. Deep inside, she knows that’s easier said than done, but she’ll do everything possible to make sure she comes out on top.
Her life takes a different turn when she meets Dermot, a man who considers himself a modern-day Robin Hood. He steals from the rich, and gives back to the poor, never once thinking about his own circumstances. The thought of living such a thrilling life draws her in, and she soon finds herself doing things she’s never done before.
Briar knows that she’s walking on thin ice. Dermot isn’t good for her, but she doesn’t care. In being with him, she’s able to come out of her shell, and experience things she never has before. Her past is catching up with her, however, intent on making her come to terms with things she’s tried to ignore up until now. Little does she know, time is running out.
Exit is quite an interesting story. It’s a tale that gives you food for thought, and gives you a little insight on a condition a good many suffer from in real life. Shane has created a character in which anyone can relate to. Briar’s vulnerability and insecurities come across very clearly, and it’s not that hard to feel for her as she tries to overcome the adversities coming her way. I’m definitely looking forward to more of Shane’s future works. Thanks for a truly engrossing story!
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“Did you know I spent the whole of my fifteenth year in my room?”
Briar’s impromptu, mid-afternoon confession stirs up distant memories of the lonely time she spent trapped in her home; suffering agoraphobia — fear of open spaces.
Now it’s six years later.
She’s free, but the year’s isolation has left serious personality disorders; disorders which will resurface as she relates her own story, and that of those in her orbit; Melodie, a pretty valley girl who Briar desires to be, Justine, her oldest friend, who has her own dark secret, and Dermot, a man who thinks he’s the reincarnation of Robin Hood — stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
Slowly Dermot begins to draw Briar into his ever-so-exciting world, but who is leading whom on their slow descent into crime? Duel periods of Briar’s life intertwine like a rope around her neck as her lost year begins to overtake the present. It leads her to the answer to one very simple question:
“Is it what I always feared — am I losing my mind?”
About The Author:
Shane grew up in provincial New Zealand, a small place where options are small, were people wear PJs to the mall, a small place where dreams of being a writer or artist are not only actively discouraged, they are actively quashed. Nevertheless he fell in love with books, comics and writing at a young age and his early influences include Oscar Wilde, Alan Moore and Dr Seuss.
After many years of trying to get books, documentaries and films accepted in his own country, Shane gave up and settled for working in the fairly creative world of video-making and advertising.
A trip to Europe and the USA rekindled his love of writing, and he wrote the American-based novel ‘Exit,’ submitted it this time to American publishers and immediately, received several offers for the work. He chose one and ‘Exit’ will be released December 2nd 2013 in the USA as his first novel from Biblio Publishing.
It is the story of Briar Averill who spent a year trapped in her room, suffering from agophobia. Six years on, she’s free, yet ripples from the year’s isolation still lap at the edges of her life, and that of her friends: Melodie, a pretty valley girl who she wishes she could be… Justine, her oldest friend, who has her own dark secret and Dermot who thinks he’s the reincarnation of Robin Hood — stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Ripples echo down through the years, leading her to the answer to one very simple question: Is it what she always feared — is she losing her mind?
Shane has since had comic book scripts accepted in the UK by DC Thompson, publisher of the long-running ‘Commando’ comic, fulfilling yet another dream for his child-self.
He lives with a very old and very vocal Tonkinese cat, and they both dream of eloping together to the USA or Europe.
He likes oranges, orange juice, and orange furniture — in fact even the color orange. Why? Well, because it’s the best color, of course. While he believes that being a grown up is not all it’s cracked up to be, he still enjoys ruining his appetite before dinner, and staying up past his bed time.
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