Lovesick by Spencer Seidel is a thoroughly gripping tale that begins with teenager Paul Ducharme being found kneeling over the dead body of his friend, Lee Janis. Initially, Paul cannot remember how he got there, and no one seems to know where Wendy Trower, Lee’s girlfriend and Paul’s friend and love interest, has disappeared to.
The truth of what really happened between Paul and Lee and Wendy is told primarily through a series of interviews between Paul and Dr. Lisa Boyers, a forensic psychologist with her own troubled past. As Paul relates how he met both Lee and Wendy and shares the disturbing patterns that developed among them, Dr. Boyers must face not only the memories of her own difficult childhood and abusive marriage, a relationship that ended only with the death of her husband, but also the media attention that includes their delving into her past looking for dirt.
It seems that my reading has definitely veered towards the dark side lately, with this being my third review in a month that involves abuse issues or dysfunctional teenage relationships, or both. While I wouldn’t seek that out just for the sake of it, I have found all of them to be quite well written, each in their own way.
With Lovesick, I found myself squeezing in a few pages whenever I had a moment to spare, not wanting to wait any longer than absolutely necessary to find out the conclusion for both stories. This was definitely a psychological thrill ride worth taking!
Lovesick was published as an ebook in October 2011 and is coming out in hard copy this June.
Right now, we have one galley copy to give away. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win – US & Canada only. We’ll announce the winner in our giveaway column on February 22nd. This giveaway is closed.
Trish thanks Media Muscle and PublishingWorks, Inc. for the review copy of this book. When she can pull herself away from her reading, Trish blogs at In So Many Words.