When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her, but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer.
Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do, before running out of time?
©2016 Christoph Fischer (P)2016 Christoph Fischer
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This is an intriguing psychological/medical thriller. I really enjoyed it!
I received a complimentary gift copy of this book in audio format from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is my honest opinion.
This audiobook is narrated by Georgina Tate. She has a clear reading voice. Unfortunately, I was not keen on her reading style. She read the story in a jerky fashion in my opinion, taking unnecessary breaths in the middle of a sentence where no comma should be, and her pacing was a little too slow for my taste. She also did not modulate her voice or change her tone often, which made some sections rather monotonous. She also didn't even attempt to give the characters different tones or accents. This, in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, as not many people can do accents. Nevertheless, it made me feel a little bored at times and I considered switching over to a different story. However, I persevered right until the end.
Erica Whittaker is an interesting character. She is a woman who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. After a course of chemo that leaves her feeling extremely ill, she turns in desperation to a faith healer called Arpan, who has retired to the wilds of Wales, in an attempt to cure it.
I found myself intrigued with the storyline, which is told through the eyes of Erica. I also found some of the dialogue a bit clunky and repetitive, especially in the beginning where Erica first meets Arpan and tries to convince him to heal her. Arpan is an interesting character. He has retired from the limelight as a healer after a healing went wrong and his client died, which created a media circus. He is extremely reluctant to heal Erica and it's not until later in the story that one discovers the reason why. He also has an apprentice called Anuge (sorry, not sure of spelling). What got me curious about this situation is that if he's not practicing healing, why did he have an apprentice? Anyway, as the story unfolded, the mystery and suspense surrounding Arpan's apparent retirement comes to light when a drug company comes calling. I must admit there are several twists to this story that I didn't see coming, though I did have suspicions about a few things that I deduced correctly when they were revealed. The ending, however, left me feeling with a blend of surprise and disgust at how an innocent person can have their life ruined by either a potentially deadly mistake or a deliberate scam. The author has left the ending a little vague so a reader can make their own conclusion on this point.
Christoph Fischer is a relatively new author to me in that I've only read some of his short stories in an anthology he contributed to. Nevertheless, I love his writing style and, if I had read this book rather than listened to it, I think I would have enjoyed it better flow-wise. I would definitely read more of his books in the future.
Although there are no scenes of a sexual nature, violence or profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the dark subject matter. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love psychological or medical thrillers. - Lynn Worton
I dislike a book when the storyline does a 360. i was unconvincing. i wanted to like this book. i did not. i would suggest the book keeping faith instead if your looking for something more uplifting and fulfilling but dramatic.
An absolutely brilliant read from cover to cover.
Christoph Fischer has again astounded me with his writing and storytelling. The healer is a great dramatic, and in many respects suspense thriller.
When Erica seeks out a well known (but recluse /retired) healer to help her with her terminal pancreatic cancer, she meets Arpan. Reluctantly, the healer agrees to come out of his retirement to assist her, and she is taken on a healing journey anonymously. What then develops is the reasons why Arpan went into retirement, the quest of one pharmaceutical company to do anything in their power to stop Arpan from continuing to heal, and the question over his abilities and Erica's future health. I loved the ending and am truly looking forward to part two.
I got this book on audible and the narrator did a brilliant job of keeping the story engaging and suspenseful. Highly recommended
"What would YOU do to save your life?"
The voice of the narrator made for a very engaging experience
The story was steady paced - not an action packed thriller, but well written so you have to keep reading (listening). Emotionally, there were ups and downs and I felt so bad for Erica. Who to trust? Who is telling you the truth?
I loved Erica. The narrator's voice was exactly as I pictured the character in my mind. Of course, Julia's voice fit perfectly with her dastardly character
Very much so. Time constraints prohibited that, but it is a beautiful and thought provoking story.
After reading this book, I'm left asking myself, "If you thought you were going to die from cancer, how far would you go for the chance at healing? Would you step outside the conventional lines? Would you venture to the unknown to do it?"
"The Healer swept me off my feet immediately."
The story is engaging and I was instantly involved in the drama. I love the authors use of language and natural dialog. I was entertained, emotionally involved and intrigued. The characters were believable and I listened with great interest. I had no idea where this story would take me but I was curious right away.
I loved when Erica was able to meet Arpan, the Healer for the first time. We didn't know what to expect. It was a great scene that I could visualize as I listed to the narrator who did a very natural job of making me feel I was hearing this story from a character from the story rather than just a reader.
I don't want to ruin the ending but it was very satisfying. I so badly wanted the healer to be able to cure Erica and I wanted the elixir to be a miracle cure.
I loved this story and found it inspirational even though we are dealing with life and death. The messages were strong and made me think about my own life.
Mr. Fischer's passion comes across in his writing as well as his attention to the human spirit. He writes with his heart and moves me as a reader.
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