Tuesday 12 May 2020

SICKER by Christa Wojciechowski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading the first novella of this trilogy last night, I had to read the next one tonight.

John Branch is a sick man. His chronic illness dominates his life and even his marriage. But after Susan finds out his secret and loses control, he decides to tell her all about his very sick story...

Wow. This was really something. A very demented something. 😳

Like the first installment, this was another addictive read. As soon as I started, I couldn't stop. Watching Susan's violent reaction didn't surprise me at all, not after all the misery. Neither did her willingness to listen to his little morbid tale. After all, he owed her that much.

I wasn't sure how I was going to react to reading John's POV because he really disgusted me and I didn't like him at all. But once his strange little tale of violence, neglect and sick thoughts began, I found myself just as caught up as I was in Susan's story. And of course, I liked how her reactions see-saw every time he pauses between reveals.

He might be high on meds and vulnerable in his trip down memory lane, but his manipulation of his wife never stops. But I'm glad that telling her the truth means he dropped the toddler-man act because that was totally cringey. Ugh.

This story was just as disturbing as the first. Actually, it was even worse because we got deep inside John's twisted mind and the depravity of his sickness. Not to mention the familial secrets. OMFG. I thought we were dealing with a detached mother, but this goes deeper.

You know, even after so much of the horrifying mystery and history has been revealed, I still can't wait to find out how this all ends because this is another cliffhanger.

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