Title: SICKER – Psychological SICK Series Book Two
Author: Christa Wojciechowski
Print Length: 107 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533513538
Publication Date: April 13, 2016
I’m amazed that John can be even sicker in book two of Christa’s psychological thriller than in the first book. If you’re new to this blog, you can read my review of book one in this series here.
In book one, we pick up where Susan Branch left off, having just learned the truth about her husband’s ongoing ailments. Because of these circumstances, she was deprived of a fulfilling marriage and a feeling of self. These ailments compromised the most private aspect of her: her thinking. A disease brought on by a sick person robbed her of what may have been.
John’s secret is so bizarre that Susan is caught up in a wrath that consumes her and is forced to question her own sanity. As a medical professional, how could she miss so many of the signs that revealed the true nature of her husband’s illness? How could such an illness, so much more superior than physical bruises, have gone unnoticed?
Sicker focuses on the source of John’s obsession as he recounts a childhood riddled with sadness, loneliness, and trauma.
While my first impression from the first book was that he was mentally unstable, book two offers much more insight, changing my initial judgments. As crazy as this sounds, I almost feel sorry for John. This book made me think about the importance of love in our lives. The need to feel loved and be loved is critical to our operation and balanced and healthy individuals. People denied the privilege of this love become the same people we deem crazy in mental institutions. The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether you grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth or a 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: 5/5
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Authenticity / Believable: 5/5
Thought Provoking: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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