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Jim Christopher
Sick as our Secrets
Hawk’s life is a secret. Wanted for murder, he hides from the law on a marijuana plantation in the Texas hill country. The violence of his past pales against the depravities he endures on the farm: dangerous and miraculous secrets he must protect if he wants to survive. Then a cunning stranger arrives bearing a grudge from Hawk’s past. The outsider unleashes his sinister preternatural ability in a frantic lunge for the farm’s most innocent soul. As the bloody standoff erupts between the dark interloper and Hawk’s motley family, the deepest shadows of the farm reveal themselves—death refusing the dead while the living struggle to survive. Betraying the farm’s secrets will cost Hawk his freedom. Keeping them will cost the lives of those he loves. The choice that abandoned Hawk on the farm presses him once more: save himself, or save his family.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10


Plot: In a follow-up to Season of Waiting, Christopher weaves an elaborate but engaging fantasy-infused mystery. Twisty with a sense of ominous foreboding, the story takes readers on a wild adventure unlike any other.

Prose: The author is a fine writer and skilled storyteller. Action, dialogue, and description are all well balanced and keep the storyline moving at a steady clip. The author introduces a complex, dark, and fully realized world. 

Originality: Sick as Our Secrets offers a distinctive and imaginative plot with seamless worldbuilding and a sense of urgency on the page.

Character/Execution: Christopher excels at subtle character development and brings the highly distinctive setting of a Texas marijuana farm to life. 

Date Submitted: May 05, 2022