He was ready to end it all…

Sheldon Mason wants to be a writer, but ever since his mother was run down by a drunk driver he can’t break through the darkness clogging his mind. A grocery store hires him, and at first a new co-worker seems like a source of hope. Gilbert is well-liked and willing to take Sheldon under his wing. But soon, Sheldon learns there’s a darkness in Gilbert too. As he’s drawn deeper into Gilbert’s drug-fueled schemes, his depression returns worse than before, threatening to undo all the progress he’s made.

Taking Stock is a breathtaking tour of a troubled young mind, an illuminating story of loss, determination, and survival. If you like Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, and Stephen King, then you’ll love this multi-award-winning novel.

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So, what makes Taking Stock unique?

A few things. The amount of rewriting and research that went into this novel is staggering, even looking back on it. It took me seven years to complete Taking Stock, but with a topic like mental health I don’t think that’s wasted time. Not only was it important to get the details right, but I also wanted to take the best elements of mental illness memoirs that I’ve loved so much and put them in a unique fictional setting, populated by intriguing characters, each with their own agendas.

According to readers, the seven years I took to write the book shows. Taking Stock is polished, and it blends the nail-biting elements of disturbing psychological thrillers with a healthy dose of dark comedy. If you like your page turner thrillers seasoned with humor, I’m confident you’ll like this novel,

What themes are dealt with in the book?

Much of the story unfolds within the grocery store where the main character gets hired. A word of warning: after reading this book you may never look at your local grocery store the same way again.

In part, the story deals with the exploitation of young workers in the modern workplace, especially of those suffering from mental illness. Further, Taking Stock asks what happens when an individual tries to exploit everyone, including friends.

Why should readers give Taking Stock a try?

Taking Stock was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards, and it also won both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award.

But ultimately, it’s about what a given reader enjoys. Looking for a page turner? Looking for award winner fiction? Then I hope you’ll give Taking Stock a chance.

Taking Stock eBook Categories:

Disturbing psychological thrillers
Drug Abuse Storys
Award winner fiction
Page Turner Thrillers
Page Turners Novel

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Scott Bartlett's Taking Stock

Paperback Editions

October 2013 : Canada Paperback

Title: Taking Stock
Author(s): Scott Bartlett
ISBN: 0-9812867-2-0 / 978-0-9812867-2-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Mirth Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Taking Stock
Author(s): Scott Bartlett
Publisher: Mirth Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU