Susan Branch’s life revolves around the care of her charming and inscrutable husband John, a man born into wealth and prestige who lost his family’s fortune when his mysterious chronic illnesses left him bedridden.
Together they live a decrepit existence beholden to the current owners of his family’s former estate.
After years of devoting herself to John’s care, Susan is
worn out and frustrated. Yet she is determined to scrape together whatever resources she can to keep John as comfortable and as happy as possible. This includes stealing Demerol from the doctor’s office where she works to feed John’s ever-increasing need for pain medication.
As John’s condition continues to puzzle doctors, Susan
begins to notice strange objects appearing around her house. Ever wary of creepy Old Pete, the groundskeeper, Susan decides to confront the elderly man and put an end to his snooping for good.
John suffers a critical emergency, but he is saved by his
skillful doctor and is soon released from the hospital. As his health begins to improve, Susan dreams of a normal life, but her hope for a miracle transforms into a nightmare one fateful afternoon when she discovers the true cause of John’s sickness.
I love Christa’s work. I read her first novella, The Wrong David, and was an immediate a fan. She’s just good. Really freaking good. So, I was all too happy to oblige when she put out a call for CP’s and ARC Reviews as while back.
Here is what I thought about her latest work, SICK: A Novella
If you love a good psychological thriller, a killer-surprise ending, and a fast-paced, quality read, then look no further. The novella, SICK, is exactly that! It’s a good thing this book is short because once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down.
It begins like a love story–which it is, but it also … isn’t. John–the perpetual patient is wonderful and loathsome. Completely unpredictable. And his Suze–the sweet, sacrificial wife–the ever-loving fool whom I found myself adoring and despising as she doted over her dear husband.
These two are a match made in heaven. Or hell.
A couple unlike any other for sure.
This story held many tender moments as well as very intense ones. I found myself wanting to hug as well as scream at each one of these characters at different moments throughout the story. This may be a novella, but the story carries a lot of emotion and volatility.
If you’ve never read Christa Wojciechowski’s work before, I highly recommend you do; starting with SICK. The author has a wonderful writing style that pulls you right into the emotion of the moment. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
I give this novella 5 stars!
Check out what Christa’s up to on her blog, My Sweet Delerium