Sick

  • by Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by Julia Knippen
  • 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a mysterious growth on exotic dancer Sarah's mind is discovered to actually be the growing seed of an evil force, Sarah and a team of medical scientists set out to destroy it before discovering that the cure is twice as deadly.

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Horrifying interesting psychological thriller

This was a quite intense story. It does start out a little slow but the intensity builds. Sadly, I didn't connect with Sarah straight away. It took me well into 25% and maybe a bit longer, to get to like her. This may be due to the story going back and forth between the characters.

Sarah is also difficult to read. She is strong and then yet not. Maybe she just really wants to be strong but that wasn't fully able to realize it with all that has happened in her life. I do like Henry, her therapist, but there again he seemed to do things that were not fully to character.

Sarah finds out early in the book that she has a tumor that is inoperable. The strange thing about the tumor is the shape. This brings forth other questions when she sees the shape and is quite surprised. There are odd little moments like this one that add up and do not mean much to the reader but they do add up at the end.

The narration by Julia Knippen was very good and kept the emotion palpable. And there is quite a lot of emotion in this, but especially as the story goes along. I was easily able to discern the different characters and their different quirks. Especially Sarah's. She really comes out of Julia, making her feel like a real person.

As the intensity increases, the plot makes more and more sense. 40% in and I was totally engrossed and ready to find some bigger answers. Although up until then I was still feeling at arm's length, the connection with the characters and their issues was getting better and better. I started feeling for Sarah and what she was going through.

At 87% a lot of this came together in an awfully horrible way. This was a lot to take in but it's worth it. I think this portion was particularly difficult to listen to because I may have skimmed this part. Horrifying in all its gory detail but explained so much about Sarah. The audio for this was spot on and the narration was fabulous.

My one critique was about the very end. I wanted a little more about the characters. It does give enough but I would have loved more. The Wizard of Oz portions were also not totally my favorite but again they add to who Sarah is.

In short: Horrifying but really interesting psychological thriller. Horror lovers will enjoy Jay's writing!

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Quite a Concept

Sick is quite a unique concept. I find it hard to categorize, and probably can't, without spoiling too much of it. The publisher's summary of the book probably does a pretty good job of covering it, so I won't just reiterate that. However, I'll say that it does go heavily into the area of spontaneous regeneration, an idea I do think about sometimes. I realize that modern medicine does mock stuff like that, but I still can't help but thinks the scientifically accepted fact that every cell in a person's body has enough information stored in it to, given the right conditions, generate a whole person. That is how we get from zygote to person... I also like the lead character, her whole character and job, situation, and life. It felt a unique idea, and overall well executed.

When I saw the opportunity to get a free review copy of this from Audiobookblast, I noticed the author, and knew I recognized the name, but I just could not pick from where. I checked audible and saw that he was also the author of The Walking Dead novels. Although I don't have those books (I try to keep away from books centered around the bad guy, as the Governor books likely were), I was always tempted, being a fan of the Walking Dead comics and TV series. This book I believe was written back in the 90s (from mentions in the book, plus looking at the editions at Amazon), and just recently released on kindle and audio. It doesn't feels dated though.

Julia Knippen's narration was enjoyable, and I had no issues distinguishing characters or following the story.. I don't have any other books performed by her in my library, but would definitely have no issues buying other books.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2015
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press