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Sicker: Psychological Thriller Series Novella 2 (Volume 2)
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John’s secret (which you’d have to read Book One to discover) is so bizarre that Susan is caught up in a wrath that consumes her and she is forced to question her own sanity. How could she, as a medical professional, miss so many of the signs that revealed the true nature of her husband’s illness? An illness that is far more superior than that of physical bruises.
SICKER focuses on the source of John’s obsession as he recounts a childhood that is riddled with sadness, loneliness, and trauma.
While my first impression was mental retardation from the first book, reading this one I feel differently. As crazy as this sounds, I almost feel sorry for John. You see, this book made me think about the importance of love in our lives. I believe the need to feel loved and to be loved is critical to our operation as well balanced and healthy individuals. People denied the privilege of this become the same people we deem crazy in mental institutions. Truth is, it doesn’t matter whether you grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth or plastic spoon, everyone everywhere at some point in their lives needs love, without which we are no longer human beings and can, therefore, be driven to do unspeakable things.
Plot Movement / Strength: 4/5
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Authenticity / Believable: 5/5
Thought Provoking: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Part II of Christa Wojciechowski’s debut psychological suspense horror series continues. Welcome to the mind of John Branch.
What’s It About?
How did John Branch get so sick? Part II of the disturbing psychological suspense series continues from the mind of John Branch.
John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.
But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.
Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed and confesses the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan. Will she stay with him now that she finally knows the truth, or will she put and end to the madness?
I’ve been looking forward to reading this installment of the SICK book series since I finished book one. You can’t imagine my delight when this book turned up in my email.:) Special thanks to the author for offering me this book, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest book review.
Sicker explores John’s self-mutilation and Munchhausen syndrome. Where Book 1 was told from the point of view of Susan, Book 2 is told from the perspective of John Branch. In this installment, we learn more about John’s disorder, as well as his upbringing which lends clues as to why he’s the man he is today. The story picks up within the same scene that Book 1 ended.
Author Christa Wojo’s writing is very descriptive and vivid, lending the sense that you are in the room observing the characters. John’s character is more sympathetic in this installment, as we learn his shocking backstory. I really enjoyed getting to know John Branch.
The psychological aspects of this series enthrall me and I’m curious as to what book 3 will have in store for Susan and John Branch!
I love that Sicker picks up right where Sick left off. Being that the first part left us on cliffhanger, I was like, "What!" But then I got what I wished for! Suze gave John what he deserved, and even a little more than she should have, and as I read it, all of those dueling feelings I felt in the first book came back. I understood her desire to help and nurture, but I wanted revenge. I wanted payback. But then I wanted Suze to stop and think about what she was doing.
The authors characters, John and his wife Suze, are two very sick people who seem to deserve eachother. But as the story evolves, and we get a deep look inside of John's head, it becomes crystal clear who needs the most help.
The ending of this book was a surprise. Not as big as the first ending that left me so anxious for this second part I wanted to scream. This ending is much more tolerable, but still made me antsy.
I highly reccommend the Sick Novellas for any reader looking for an intelligentally written, past-paced psychological thrill ride. The story is violent, without being too graphic, crazy without being confusing, and most certainly entertaining. But not for those with a weak stomach.