Cass is pleased when author Ellie moves into the village in search of the peace and quiet of the countryside to work on her novel. She makes an effort to get to know the newcomer and they quickly hit it off, bonding over the troubles of their past. Cass has always had close friendships with her neighbours so she is both hurt and confused when she feels her friends distancing themselves from her. Cass is adamant that something isn’t quite right but isn't entirely sure what has caused the shift.
As far as psychological thrillers go, Nearest Thing To Crazy is quite a gentle one. There are no dramatic scenes or frenzied action. Instead, the book draws us into Cass's mind as she sets off on a journey of insecurity and paranoia. The book may be gentle but it certainly gets under your skin and makes you question what is really going on in the village.
Nearest Thing To Crazy is told mainly from Cass's perspective but you are never completely sure what is really going on. Cass is convinced someone is out to get her while those around her are oblivious to the threat she feels so strongly. I was kept guessing throughout, never quite sure which way the story would go until the end.