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I Kill Me: Tales of A Jilted Hypochondriac [Kindle Edition]

Tracy H. Tucker
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*I KILL ME is intended for an adult audience*

Christine Bacon has a fatal attraction. To all things fatal. A veteran hypochondriac, her near-death experiences are exacerbated when her husband proposes they have a menage a trois with Eleanor, his busty British massage therapist, to "shake things up." Christine reluctantly agrees (although she is more wholesome than threesome), never expecting just how much she'd be rattled. As her marriage to Richard, a/k/a "Dick," falls apart, so, too, does Christine, whose fear of her own demise causes her to research every freckle, blemish, cough, bump, lump, tingle and hiccup. She isn't a doctor, but she plays one on the internet.

There is solace for Christine: in raising daughters Lily and Carli, leaning on her friends, and wearing out the shower massager. In order to heal, she struggles to become her own person and to view her symptoms (and ex-husband) as less malignant, while searching for that special someone who will love her--despite her grave condition.

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A charming, life-affirming story wrapped in a delightfully acerbic comedy...author Tucker displays an impressive variety of abilities as she weaves Christine's story through moments of caustic wit and heart-rending sadness...what results is a boldly funny and deeply poignant novel. She measures the themes of the book wonderfully, crafting a novel that steadily entertains and engages its reader. -- Casee Clow, Literary Inklings

"Hilarious, insightful and inspirational. This book is a fantastic read...I would love to see this made into a film. I could not put this book down from the first page right till the last. -- Becky Sherriff, The Kindle Book Review

"I loved all of the characters in this book, especially [Christine's] patient and tolerant friends. This book is funny--really funny--while at the same time artfully and poignantly peeling away at the layers of Christine's phobias. Tracy H. Tucker has a talent for humor, and is expert at blending that humor with insightful and intelligent prose." -- Kimberly Llewellyn, The Indie Book Review

      "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was witty, sharp and funny, yet unbelievably heartbreaking at times."
      "A fascinating read...I had a difficult time putting it down."
      "The character development was superb."
      "Ms. Tucker artfully wove a realistic and endearing story with just enough hilarity to keep me coming back for more."
      "One of the best endings of any book I have ever read."
      "A story that would inspire women from all walks of life."
                                                                   -- Reviewers from The Indie Bookshelf

From the Author

To readers of I KILL ME: I would love to hear from you via my Facebook page or email (tracyhelentucker@gmail.com). Thank you for your feedback, support and reviews! I am immensely grateful.

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478236744
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KWMOF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artful humor August 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually don't pick up books like this on my own, as I generally don't tend to gravitate toward contemporary women's lit. Apparently I've been missing out if there are authors like this one writing with us gals in mind. So, thanks Tracy H. Tucker for broadening my horizons and sending me this book for review -- what a blast!

Christine is your typical mom, wife and friend with one exception: Every little tic, bump, muscle spasm or even zit is her potential death, in her mind anyway. The author takes us on a raucous ride through a critical point in Christine's life: An ugly divorce, adjusting to life as a single mom, dealing with an overbearing mom, reentering the dating scene, and ultimately getting to know herself and coming to terms who she really is -- all while dying of cancer, ALS, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, AIDS. . . .you name it, she's got it.

This book is funny -- really funny -- while at the same time artfully and poignantly peeling away at the layers of Christine's phobias. Tracy H. Tucker has a talent for humor, and is expert at blending that humor with insightful and intelligent prose. The characters and dialogue were real and entertaining and I loved all of the characters in this book, especially her patient and tolerant friends whose forbearance in the face of Christine's constant dubious maladies was touching and genuine. Don't tell anyone, but I saw so much of myself in Christine -- I hope I'm not the only one. I find myself on WebMd probably a little more than is healthy (pardon the pun), and couldn't help but laugh every time she rushed to the computer to find out what she was dying of next.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! Highly recommended! August 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
My wife was cracking up reading this book, so I started to read it secretly... It was so good that I couldn't put it down! That's how she caught me reading "chick lit". But I didn't care. It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, this book is so well written, anyone will get pulled into the story. This is a great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good! July 29, 2012
By gbe
Format:Kindle Edition
I rarely laugh out loud when reading, but this book had me laughing out loud from beginning to end. Tracy Tucker truly captures the rapid fire and catastrophic thinking that comes with a good old fashioned freak out, but does so in a both sensitive and hysterical manner. I would recommend this book to any of my friends (and have recommended it already to most of them).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a fantastic read.

Christine is married to Richard and has two daughters. She lives an ordinary life except for the fact that she is a Hypochondriac. The story begins with Christine's attempt at a threesome after being coaxed into this by her husband, this doesn't go so well. Not long after her husband leaves her and this is where Christine's journey begins. I won't give anymore away but this is a thoroughly engaging story.

The author addresses the reality of being a Hypochondriac with some humour thrown in

The parts of the book where Christine is concerned about her health is well written and gives the reader an insight into what it is like to be a Hypochondriac. Christine's character is truly adorable and I was rooting for her throughout the story. I felt every lump, bump, ache and pain with her and was even convinced myself she had a weird rare disease. I felt sorry for her and got quite emotional in parts.

I loved the character of Hank also, Christine's long time friend who is also a doctor, there are some conversations between Hank and Christine that are hilarious and uplifting.

Christine's Mother Mimi is also a strong character in the book and I can imagine most reader's will have met a 'Mimi' at some point in their life.

I don't want to give the story away, however, I will add that I absolutely loved the ending, I would definitely love to see this story being made into a film.

This story has sadness, humour, revenge, courage, family issues, and beautiful friendships.

Christine's story is one that many women could relate to and is uplifting and inspirational, I think this book would be an excellent counselling tool for newly divorced women!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good read November 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book from the author, Tracy H. Tucker, in exchange for an honest review. I had no prior knowledege of, or association with Ms. Tucker or her writing until we connected on-line for the purpose stated above.
I really enjoyed this book. I totally connected with Christine and felt her pain. I could easily become a hypochondriac if I set my common sense aside. I have to say that my favorite part of the book was the ending. Not because it was finished, but because of Christine's revenge. It was so perfect. I almost cheered! My husband was not amused. (Most of the time when I finish a book, my husband will ask me if it was good. If it was good, he then asks me what it was about. At this point I try to condense the whole book into as short of a disortation as possible to keep him from getting bored.)
I do see how most men would not be amused. However, most women will totally get it! Bottom line, I liked this book 4 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Whine, whine, whine.
We read this for book club because the intro. summary sounded entertaining. Don't be fooled. We all hated it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Pitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, witty, and fun!
I loved I Kill Me – Tales of a Jilted Hypochondriac. It was cute, witty and ridiculously funny. I read this novel in a few short sittings and couldn’t get enough of this amusing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lydia - Novel Escapes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun
I Kill Me is a humorous, bittersweet account of divorce, middle age and parenthood from a female perspective. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ElliSez
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I enjoyed this book a lot. There were a few times that I got annoyed with it and said to myself, "Enough with this hypochondria crap! Read more
Published 12 months ago by kz - K&M'sBookHaven
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll have you laughing and crying.
This book is definitely written for a mature audience for its adult themes and language. Right from the start, we're thrown into the middle of Christine and Richard's marriage as... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny!
What a gifted and talented author is Tracy Tucker! Anxiously awaiting what she comes up with next! This was a wonderful and fun story to read!
Published 13 months ago by CATHY CARTWRIGHT
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
Fun, light read (finished in an evening). There are some great one liners in this book, and I found myself laughing out loud several times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of (middle) age
The heroine shared her endless mind chatter with us throughout her period of unwanted growth. With no humor intended, the relatable giggles couldn't help but escape. Read more
Published 15 months ago by notplainjane
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even read it.
Perhaps some people like this kind of writing. I do not. The menage-a-trois in the beginning turned me right off. I didn't even know these characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Catherine Durkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romantic comedy
This was a thoroughly enjoyable romance, or romantic comedy, or something of the sort. The protagonist's hypochondria would be annoying if she weren't so thoroughly and helplessly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Karen A. Wyle
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More About the Author

Tracy H. Tucker is a middle school teacher with a Master's Degree in Literacy from the University of Maine and the proud mother of three of the best people on Earth. She was previously published in Seventeen, Language Arts, Learning K-8 and Reader's Digest. I KILL ME is her first novel. A typical day for Tracy includes eating chocolate, doling out dog cookies, walking her cat (seriously), eating chocolate, and cleaning up various forms of animal fecal matter. A new empty-nester and fighting it big-time, Tracy plans to keep busy inspiring the youth of America, writing, tending her small farm, and occasionally speaking to her husband.


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