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Sick

By: Jay Bonansinga
Narrated by: Julia Knippen
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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.

©1995 Jay Bonansinga (P)2015 David N. Wilson

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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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AMAZING STORY!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sick to be better than the print version?

Always is, but I only listened...

What other book might you compare Sick to and why?

I can not compare this.it is very unique!

Have you listened to any of Julia Knippen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have, she is always good! She did a great job with this book..I did not want to put it down!

Who was the most memorable character of Sick and why?

Sarah,,,,,hands down!!!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

This was a super unique story....Sarah is an aging dancer, who finds out she has a tumor in her brain, a very rare shaped one...she looks at it and sees it is in the shape of a box, using meditation and wizard of oz imagery she shrinks it, but it opens up something evil in her and before she knows it she is losing time, blacking out and waking up in strange places covered in blood..there is something really odd inside of Sarah...something that has come from repressed memories and horrible experiences...and it has become supernatural....

AWESOME STORY! I RECOMMEND!!! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

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