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SICK Part I (The Sick Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I have to be honest it's not a bad read at all but it was quite obvious from the start where it was going. Whilst this didn't really spoil it, overall the book just wasn't as sick and twisted as I had envisioned it was which made me feel slightly let down. I think this is because the title, image and blurb makes you think there is going to be something truly gruesome between the pages which for me there just wasn't.
Overall an ok read, it just lacked slightly in the thrill department for me.
John is sick, very sick. His wife Susan has been caring for him for years. His chronic illnesses have meant that most of her time has to be devoted to taking care of him and she struggles to hold down a job and keep on top of the ever increasing medical bills. Is this really her life, her marriage? In sickness and in health and all that, but she is becoming increasingly frustrated. So much so that she risks her job, and more, by stealing medication from work, to pacify John. However, things just go from bad to worse.
When she starts finding odd objects around their house she thinks the creepy grounds keeper is responsible. She is totally not prepared for the truth!
Sick packs an awful lot into it's relatively few pages. A lot of emotion, mainly stress and anxiety on Susan's part in particular. It's a difficult subject matter, but I feel it is very well written with a shocking conclusion.
If there is one criticism of this book, it is that I would have liked to have seen Christa flex her literary muscles more. The writing style remains humbly understated throughout, even holding back in the final conclusion (although the last line will leave you chilled). A little more descriptive energy or imagery could have gone a long way; but this is a minor fault when the prose is so clear and compelling.
Disturbing in a subtle and nuanced way, this title definitely shows Christa could soon be another big name in horror, specialising in the realm of the psychological.
A harrowing and frank look at living with someone who is chronically ill and equally manipulative. It's impossible to stop reading this novella as you pick up on its sinister undertones.
A well written macabre short story.
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