RELEASE DATE: 18th May 2016
BLURB: Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?
The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work release program at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.
Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.
Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together.
There are books that you read and then you simply move on. Then there’s the books that stay with you, these are the special books that make you think and feel, the ones that leave a lasting impression.
Strange medicine is one of those books, it’s going to stay with me for a long time.
I was in the mood for a angsty book, I read the blurb and thought this fitted the bill rather nicely, but surprisingly, not as angsty as I thought it would be. It certainly has angst, but it’s not overpowering.
Both the MCs have strong characters, positive and both survivors in different ways.
Cameron was a child star. He was the singer in a band with his brothers and sisters. He had a strong relationship with his mother, so much so, she was the only person he told about him being Gay. However, after her death and having a difficult relationship with his father, he starts to drink. He might not be an alcoholic, but he does have a big problem. He was drunk when he got involved in a car accident and was sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioural Health Facility instead of going to jail.
Now Jonah’s life is very different from Cam’s. He is a writer (writing under various pen names) and has lots of skeletons in his cupboard, none of which can be allowed to get out. Twice a year, when his problems become too much for him to handle on his own, he checks himself voluntarily into Riverbend.
This is where they meet and immediately a connection between the two of them is made. It was strong, it’s something a reader feels instinctively, their bond was deep but it took them a long time before they actually got together. It was definitely a slow burn relationship.
The author did a magnificent job in building this storyline, I was hooked. Jonah’s past was really difficult, this provided the angst, but it also gave the opportunity of savouring the book, this is no fast page turner, you will want to relish every single word, every single feeling and when you reach that very last page, you will be so satisfied, finding your next book is going to be hard, because nothing is going to achieve the standard this author wrote. Even if angst is not your thing, give it a try because it’s so worth reading. I loved it.
****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****