The Healer

The Healer

by Christoph Fischer

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505317305
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/14/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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The Healer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
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
AngelJK More than 1 year ago
A brilliant, dynamic, and touching psychological / medical thriller I read an excerpt of this book and wow... I just had to buy it. I devoured page after page, feeling absorbed by the power of the characters’ emotions and magnificent descriptions of their thoughts and state of mind. It's a great achievement to be able to so accurately portrait those thoughts and feelings. And I say accurately because, unfortunately, I’ve lived through those same thoughts and state of mind, having lost a loved one to this dreadful disease. I could relate to Erica’s anger, fear, agony, and desperate attempt to hold on to our most precious “procession”: our health. This novel was powerful, to say the least, not to mention the brilliant twist in the end!