Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Craigslist Incident by Jason Fisk

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

In The Craigslist Incident, Edna Barrett takes an advertisement out on Craigslist: I'm an 18-year-old female and I want to take a hit out on myself. Joe Dolsen, a 20-year-old who has suffered from periodic blackouts his whole life, answers the ad. What would bring two people to such ominous points at such young ages, and will they actually go through with it?

Edna, raised by a single mother after the suicide of her father, repeatedly finds herself kicked out of schools for violent altercations that don't seem to be her fault. Finally, living a solitary life in rural Minnesota and taking classes online, she falls passionately in text-love with another outsider, Shane, whose obsession with Edna sends off alarm signals to her world-weary mother, especially when he drives hundreds of miles to show up unannounced at their home.

Meanwhile, Joe is coming of age with an Evangelical mother who believes his probable epilepsy means he has been touched by God and uses her religiosity as justification for not seeking medical attention for her son and for remaining with his abusive father. As Joe and Edna reach adulthood struggling to make sense of their lives and losses, their dangerous tracks are set for collision.

my thoughts:

Wow! What a powerful read! I LOVED The Craigslist Incident by Jason Fisk - it was insightful, gripping, and though-provoking. Talk about a must-read book!

The Craigslist Incident a is a fast-paced story told in dual narratives. It tackles the hot topics of mental health, our broken healthcare system, and dysfunctional families. We have Edna and Joe, both struggling and drowning to the point that their lives are no longer of importance to them. They have given up and it is beyond tragic. Edna wants someone to end her life and puts up an ad on Craigslist; Joe believes he is that someone and agrees to the 'job'.  The more we learn about Edna and Joe, the more our hearts break over and over again.  The pain and suffering they endure is too much to handle. This is a story filled with sadness, agony, and so much loss. It will make you cry, cry, and cry some more. And, it is a story that will have you thinking about all the feels long after you turn the very last page. What a book!

I would definitely recommend The Craigslist Incident to anyone and everyone looking for their next read - you won't want to miss out on this one!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Jason Fisk said...

Thank you for this review!

Sara Strand said...

I can't wait to read this one! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours