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?
about 1 year ago
I have read several books by this author, enjoyed all of them but 'The Healer', by far, is my favorite. In this novel, author Christoph Fischer, tackles a subject near and dear to my heart; the medical profession and the impact of physician decision making on individuals particularly those with severe medical conditions and diseases.
In Fischer's novel, we meet Erica in the aftermath of a round of chemotherapy intended to treat her pancreatic cancer. Readers learn very quickly that Erica is seeking the impossible; healing. We empathize with Erica knowing that she has one of the most painful and fatal forms of cancer. While Erica's "hair had not fallen out from the chemo...it turned gray and made her look much older than she was. People used to think of Erica as at least five years younger than she actually was, now people thought she was five years older. She looked tiny and felt thin and weak."
Out of desperation and the advice of her assistant, Erica searches for a renown spiritual guru known for his non-traditional unusual treatment protocols and more importantly for his fees. She persuades recluse Arpan self re-named Amesh to use his gift to heal her body in exchange for emptying her bank account.
Believing she's fully healed, Erica returns to her job basically broke but thankful for her life and ability to go forward.
Without spoilers, the author convincingly creates a story line, over and above the medical treatment issues, that revolves around core concepts such as faith, trust, relationships, integrity and more. He craftily develops the plot to allow for suspicion, anticipation and 'in the box' conclusions. While it could be easy for many readers to neatly make certain assumptions and form a simple conclusion, I was unable to do so. Perhaps it is because of my familiarity and extreme sensitivity (I must admit) to many of the topics raised in this outstanding novel, I completed the book having a myriad of questions and thoughts. I'd love for the author to have a sequel to this book. If he'd already written it, I would purchase it today!
Congratulations Christoph Fischer on another great book! Keep them coming.
about 1 year ago
Christoph Fischer has a way with crafting a story that completely pulls you in and The Healer is no exception. Tackling the difficult subject of cancer combined with a plot full of alternative medicine, mystery, and intrigue, Fischer has created a web of a story that leads you down many roads. The last one at the end is a real mind-blower.
The cancer patient, Erica, is, at first, snarky and irritable, but as she goes through her progress in treatment, the real woman comes out and is very likable.
As usual, I am amazed with Fischer's storytelling. Bravo.
about 1 year ago
The Healer by Christoph Fischer is a book you must read as soon as it is released. You do not want to run the risk that the buzz about the book will spoil this thriller for you. The book is, of course, well-written. It’s a quick read that you will want to hurtle through in an afternoon, or over a weekend. At its core are interesting, enigmatic characters, and a clever plot. The story is told from the point of view of the main character, Erica Whittaker, who in midlife is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It comes as no surprise that she’s desperate. Traditional medicine has nothing more to offer her. She is about to give up and accept her fate when, at the urging of her devoted office assistant, Hilda, Erica decides to pursue another path. That path takes her to the door of a once-renowned faith healer, Arpan. Using a different name, the man is, virtually, a recluse. A man with a mysterious past, Arpan also possesses a great gift, as testimonials from previous recipients of his healing bear out. He is, at first, reluctant to treat Erica. When he finally takes Erica on as a client, his treatment unleashes a series of unfortunate events, as big pharma and other opponents from his past, line up against him. Erica, who has secrets of her own, soon finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue, being stalked, cornered, and manipulated, fighting for her life. Will she survive? What will happen to Arpan, and those around him? You’ll have to read the book, of course, to find out. Quite entertaining and well worth the read, this book is highly recommended.
about 1 year ago
The Healer is a most entertaining ride. Don’t peek because the ending will leave you astounded. The characters are tangible as much as they are unique, the human emotion of loss, betrayal, despair and hope. Erica/Maria grows, suffers, heals, wins and fails as the reader is compelled to know it all. Christoph Fischer is such a masterful storyteller and he honors the intelligence of his readers with clever information as to make the ride believable. A truly clever work of fiction, my reaction? Can I possibly find enough superlatives for this review?