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Isolation Watch: Falling Apart in the Pandemic

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A good pandemic can bring out some of the best in people and a whole lot of worst.

2020 has been one heck of a year. The entire world spiraled out of control because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many people came together during a time of crisis. Then there was everybody else.


Panic and fear can often bring out the worst in people, which Ben Tallon shows in his book, Isolation Watch: Falling Apart in the Pandemic. The author drops readers in a neighborhood full of people with issues made worse by the threat of disease and the frustrations of isolation and quarantine. Boy, are there frustrations.


Tallon tells a chronicle-type story of pent up people doing some crazy things. One guy even has a sword in his wall. With each swipe, I wondered what would be the next wild thing for someone to have or do.


Everything is told in third-person omniscient. It has to be because of all the lunacy, which I was totally on board for. Romance is my genre of choice, but I sometimes want to read something from a different genre and get a break from the happily-ever-afters. This book was a big divergence from the love and reflects a lot of the chaos going on in actual life, with characters representing people from all walks of life. There are housewives, business owners, essential workers and, of course, conspiracy theorists. Gotta have at least one of those.


Readers who like books that peel back the layer on the façade of suburban life and dramatic retellings may enjoy Isolation.


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I have a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. I am an adjunct instructor, writer and content editor. I have a strong background in literary criticism and have been reviewing books for several years.

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About the author

Ben Tallon digs deep into the darkest pits of our minds and with searing wit and uncompromising prose, writes what should be left inside. Human vulnerability, inescapable realities and the terrifying everyday are stars in his warped show. view profile

Published on September 03, 2020

20000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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