The Woman Who Made Me Feel Strange
by Anna Ferrara
One night, in the year 2030, Lane Thompson, a ‘nobody’, sat on the edge of a rooftop in New York and smoked a cigarette. Moments after, her body was found on the concrete, fifty floors below, broken and soaking in blood.
Three years later, Lane wakes up at the Wonderdrug Psychiatric Centre, fully recovered, and finds herself living better there than she ever did in the dingy micro-apartment she used to rent. Her doctor doesn’t allow her to leave because she doesn’t remember wanting to kill herself and she doesn’t even mind because her carefree life inside the Centre is way better than her life of financial struggles on the outside, in her opinion.
Her plan to stay on forever is thwarted when Paul, a woman and fellow patient, manipulates her into leaving the Centre. Paul insists the Centre is not what it pretends to be and drags Lane through the underbelly of New York as she tries to show her that they are more than just mere ‘nobodies’ and mentally-ill patients.
Paul’s unique method of acquiring money allows Lane the luxury of not having to work for a living so with free time on her hands, Lane contacts her former lover, movie star Arden Villeneuve, to find out how she ended up falling off a rooftop in 2030. What Lane discovers throws her off balance and makes her question Paul’s words, her doctor’s diagnoses, Arden Villeneuve’s intentions and also, her own perception of reality.
Problem is, how do you find out what’s really going on when you can’t trust anything anybody says?
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