Here is the transcript from a reader’s group on the Internet where my thriller
THE HEALER was being discussed. I don’t think I’ve ever read something about any of my books that has hit me so hard. I don’t know if I should cry or smile over this amazing comment:
“I’m reading Christoph Fischer’s The Healer right now and it is really powerful. The writing itself is strong but the story – wow. It’s difficult for me to read given that I’m also going through chemotherapy and a host of other things and I’m finding moments where I need to just put it down and think.
I’m barely a third through and already know that this is going to be one of those books that I always remember and think back on. I want to go online to read his other reviews but I’m too afraid to, not wanting to see the reactions of other readers that are going through similar feelings of fear and desperation like myself because, well… it hurts.
Guys, I seriously cannot recommend this book enough … Once I’m finished with this book I’m going to be spamming it around my lame chronic illness groups like confetti.
My God, Christoph, whatever you went through that brought you to write this in a way that so completely speaks to the desperation I feel and the values that change… I just don’t have words. I’m so sorry.
Oh my god. There is a line in Christoph’s book where she lays back and accepts the pain, surrendering to it instead of fighting it, and just letting go- how it’s almost therapeutic to just let your disease wash over you and feel it for what it is for once. No denial, no pushing through. Just letting it loose and going along for the ride.
I’ve done exactly that. The first time was in hospital, and I’ve learned to do it since, kind of recognising when you need to put the barriers down for a minute.
Omg. I read that and started sobbing.
AND IM ON THE FREAKING CENTRAL LINE at rush hour!!! FML. People are starting. I’ve been offered tissue and this is a really big deal because you’re not allowed make eye contact on public transport.
Oh man. This book is going to be a freaking anthem in some of my groups. Yeesh.
This has stopped me in my tracks yesterday. I hope the book isn’t causing any upset but I thank this woman from the bottom of my heart for her kind words, and thank you for listening!
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?
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.