The year is 2001.
On her way out of work on a frigid October night, two inebriated thugs assault pregnant Ashley Ferguson as she goes to get in her car. She is knocked unconscious and is taken to the field behind the shopping center where 23-year-old Ashley is brutally raped. This horrifying event devastates her emotionally, not only for obvious reasons, but also because it comes in the wake of her husband's tragic death.
Down and out as well as broke, talented abstract painter Ashley is forced to moved back home with her mother. Claire Whittaker, who is retired, does not want the responsibility of having to take care of Ashley's baby. Even though she loves the child dearly, it shouldn't be her job.
Then one day, after peeking in her daughter's diary, Claire is shocked to learn that Ashley is hearing voices, which are telling her to commit suicide with the .22 caliber revolver that she had supposedly bought for protection.
So who will save her? Who will save Ashley from the ...
The secret is out. Susan knows, but she does not know how she feels about the shocking truth. John, her husband, senses he must finally come clean and tell all. So begins his terrible story of childhood neglect, fantasy-fulfillment and addiction.
Susan and John Branch have been living an artfully constructed lie for years, but now, the truth is out. Susan has devoted her life to caring for her debilitated yet brilliantly-mind husband John, and she cannot understand how he could betray her trust. She is conflicted between desire, rage and tremendous guilt for the part she played in this scheme. John, perceiving Susan slipping away from him, makes the decision to come clean, and begins to narrate his terrible, warped history.
Whereas the first book of the SICK series took the perspective of Susan, this second book delves into the labyrinthine mind of John Branch as he weaves his sordid tale of a childhood without compassion and his fall into malediction. Sophisticated, gripping, and ...
What was real and what was fantasy?
When Frank and Dora Parker, in their Boston Whaler, are fly-fishing for trout one day in their hometown of Twin Valley, Oregon, ghostly fog begins to roll down from the mountains. With it comes a haunting scenario.
On the lakeshore, a mysterious woman emerges from the forest holding a large knife in her hand. Then a man steps out of the woods dragging, what to Frank Parker appears to be a dead body. However, only he observes this. His wife claims she doesn't see anything except fog and a desolate shoreline. How could that be? How could Frank Parker be witnessing a gruesome murder taking place and his wife, who was there in the boat with him, not see anything?
The concept of evil has always intrigued, fascinated and horrified humans. They seek to define and understand it either excusing, condemning, ignoring or accepting the resultant carnage it leaves in its wake. This carnage can be as subtle as a smile given at an inappropriate moment or as overt as the planned murder of another person.
Lorette had never thought much about it. Her life was simply her life, lived in and under the bright day and clear night skies of Southern Africa. When her mother dies, she experiences a profound moment of clarity. Her mother was not her mother. She wonders through her memories, laying them down, remembering, arranging and rearranging disjointed events, thoughts and feelings. Is her brother her protector and her shield? Is she his? She tries to lay bare memories both good and bad, to understand the story of her life and accept or reject her true self.
This work of fiction is written in the style of a memoir but all names, characters, businesses, places, ...
John Branch is a brilliant-minded aristocrat, bereft of his family's wealth, ravaged by a terrible and as yet unidentified disease. Susan is a hard-working nurse at the end of her tether.
John's illness has always baffled doctors, and there are times when she wishes that he would just slip away. But John's mind is very much alive, and she can't help but cling onto the dream he will recover.
As pressures mount, Susan resorts to one desperate act after another to keep John alive and manage his pain, all the while haunted by a creeping sense that something isn't right with her world...
SICK is brimming with atmosphere and suspense, rich with style and psychological insight. This seemingly simple tale of two psyches will take you to the heart of the human condition, and show you just how twisted the relationships with those closest to us can be.
As police begin to investigate the true nature of their relationship, Susan and John must come to terms with the truth. Consumed by guilt, shame and lust, they must fight to defend the only thing they have - each other.
The final installment in the SICK series takes Susan and John's story to new levels of despair, twisted psychology, and ultimately, redemption. A two part tale that begins with Susan's perspective, and then transitions to John's, this third volume brings together threads of the Branch's desperate story in surprising and harrowing ways. As law-enforcement begin to question the true nature of the couple's relationship, and the tension upon their lives becomes unbearable, a terrible moment of karma - or perhaps inevitable Fate - will compel both Susan and John to change their ways. If, that is, they can survive.
A truly electric conclusion, with shades of Shawshank Redemption, with its themes of psychological imprisonment, and the emotional power of Dallas Buyers Club, ...
Monsters do exist. They really do. They are not a fairy tale.
Ten-year-old Billy Hall met a monster in his own seemingly peaceful neighborhood in Hampton, Ohio. Her name was Nancy Sutcliffe; she drove the Good Humor truck. All the kids on the block loved her, as did their parents. That is until one day when Nancy would do the unthinkable, harm a child. Harm Billy.
This would set the stage for warfare a showdown between Billy's mother and the Good Humor employee. Someone was going to die.