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The Healer

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published January 14th 2015)
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Robbie Cheadle
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful insight into the world of alternative healing and the conflict between holistic medicine and Western medicine.  Maria Miller, aka Erika Whittaker, seeks out a previously famous healer, Arpan, after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Maria has already undergone chemotherapy, which has failed her, and, with a remaining life expectancy of only a few weeks, she has nothing to lose by investing her faith in Arpan. Arpan retired from healing twenty years previous ...more
Dean C. Moore
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because I’m a fairly prolific reader I stumble across quite a few gems on an annual basis. The Healer is among those fortunate finds and is on my shortlist of favorite books read over the last few years. Granted I’m a sucker for a tale that interweaves the spiritual and metaphysical with the earthly and mundane, but even if I weren’t, the excellent writing on display here would have sucked me in.

Our heroine, suffering from Stage 4 cancer, having exhausted all that traditional medicine can do fo
Glenn Conley
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This book is very repetitive. "Heal me!" "No, I don't want to. Fuck off." "Come on, heal me please!" "No. Eat a dick." "But but... I've got shit tons of money!" "Fine, give it to me. Now, kindly fuck off."

This book is about a healing guru who is hiding out in the country on an old farm. He has no interest in practicing medicine anymore, because he was discredited many years ago. He used to heal people for ridiculous amounts of money. He'd literally require his clients to give him half of their n
D.G. Kaye
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story revolves around Erica, a woman diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and the man they call The Healer, whom she seeks out in a final attempt to save her own life. The Healer works holistically with meditation, hands on healing, and with an elixir. The story proceeds with Erica's quest for a cure, and gradually into a cat and mouse, hide and seek mission. While Erica is being treated, The Healer is battling Big Pharma, who are seeking to destroy his reputation by blackmailing him ...more
M.C.V. Egan
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Healer is a most entertaining ride. Don’t peek because the ending will leave you astounded. The characters are tangible as much as they are unique, the human emotion of loss, betrayal, despair and hope. Erica/Maria grows, suffers, heals, wins and fails as the reader is compelled to know it all.
Christoph Fischer is such a masterful storyteller and he honors the intelligence of his readers with clever information as to make the ride believable. A truly clever work of fiction, my reaction? Can
Stephany Tullis
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books by this author, enjoyed all of them but 'The Healer', by far, is my favorite. In this novel, author Christoph Fischer, tackles a subject near and dear to my heart; the medical profession and the impact of physician decision making on individuals particularly those with severe medical conditions and diseases.

In Fischer's novel, we meet Erica in the aftermath of a round of chemotherapy intended to treat her pancreatic cancer. Readers learn very quickly that Erica is seek
Brenda Perlin
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Healer by Christoph Fischer is a compelling read. I should say another compelling read by the author since I have loved all of his books. This one is right up there in quality and entertainment value. This book swept me off my feet from the first page. I love the authors use of language and natural dialog. I am a big fan and would read anything he wrote at this point.

Mr. Fischer's passion comes across in his writing as well as his attention to the human spirit. He writes with his heart and m
Max Power
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I took a punt on a new author to me and I was delighted that I did. This a book has an original plot that at the same time makes you feel like you already know the chief protagonists. From the opening page you are immersed into the story and what a story. I like to be drawn into a book but I need to be kept interested and I most certainly was.

No chance of spoilers from me, I would ruin the book for you if I did. All I will say is that the story centres around Erika, who choses to seek a
E.E. Giorgi
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Erica has cancer. When Western medicine fails to cure her, she resolves to somebody her rational mind would've never allowed if it weren't that her own life is at stake: desperate to get rid of her cancer, Erica hunts down a "retired" healer, Arpan. As she undergoes his new, alternative treatment -- something completely different from the chemio and other therapies she has gone through before -- Erica struggles to understand who Arpan really is and what secrets he is hiding from her. In the end, ...more
Elisabeth Marrion
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Fischer has done it again, he wrote a book I could not put down. This one is yet again a totally different subject and style. He is a very versatile writer and I am looking forward to find out what he will do next. The plot is intriguing, surprising and the twist at the end is something I certainly did not expect. I do not like to give anything away from the synopsis you do know that the main Character Erica seeks the help of a controversial healer to free her from the cancer which is ...more
Lesley Hayes
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I began Christoph Fischer’s book The Healer with a sigh of quiet joy, knowing almost immediately that this was going to be one I really enjoyed. I finally read the last few words with a sigh of regret that it was over, then immediately went to see what other books I could find by this outstanding author. Fortunately, there are quite a few. The story of The Healer is deceptively simple. A woman with end-stage pancreatic cancer and only weeks to live arrives at the secret Welsh hide-out of a myste ...more
Anna Burke
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Healer by Christoph Fischer is a book you must read as soon as it is released. You do not want to run the risk that the buzz about the book will spoil this thriller for you. The book is, of course, well-written. It’s a quick read that you will want to hurtle through in an afternoon, or over a weekend. At its core are interesting, enigmatic characters, and a clever plot. The story is told from the point of view of the main character, Erica Whittaker, who in midlife is diagnosed with stage 4 p ...more
Taylor Fulks
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-thriller
This is the first book I've read by this author, but I can assure you it won't be my last. As a healthcare professional myself, I was/am intrigued how writers portray the medical field and many of its mysteries. This book (cover is brilliant) caught my eye. The story inside did not disappoint!

At first, you think the story is the classic "girl is dying, girl searches for healer, girl finds healer, girl is healed." But it's so much more than that. Both healer and patient are at a crossroads, defin
Susan Tarr
One of the best books I’ve read in a while, and written by a true craftsman, who knows his stuff. Set in UK and Europe, The HEALER covers areas that fascinate me, both geographic and medical, but from a whole new perspective. The research is detailed, and the plot has me wondering just what the various characters’ truths are. We have Erica/Maria as the woman diagnosed with Grade 4 pancreatic cancer seeking a miracle cure. And her workplace junior, Hilda, who becomes her best friend and support. ...more
Lazlo Ferran
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Often beguiling, always pacey, this novel is up for grabs if you like paranormal novels with a ‘real’ feel.

This is a thriller about the little guy against the pharmaceutical giants and it does thrill. The pace keeps you on the edge of your seat to the end. I just couldn’t figure out how it would end until the last word!

Arpan is a psychic/mystic/healer and lays his hands on Erica who is feisty, ambitious, suspicious but not quite what she seems at face value.

Christoph Fischer doesn’t go here for
S. Rose
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wounded Healer

We meet Erica, a 44 year old woman with stage four pancreatic cancer. She’s just been through the final round of grueling chemo therapy; her prognosis is that the cancer is terminal. Erica has accepted that there is no hope of recovery with western medicine. However, at the urging of her secretary, Hilda, she turns seeks out a new age healer. Arpan claims to have cured pancreatic cancer with the touch of his hands—and a secret elixir he’s concocted himself. He’s hidden away in
Christine Ardigo
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book so fast i'm almost sad that it's over. The author did a fantastic job keeping you guessing until the very end. I wasn't sure whom to trust throughout most of the book and kept turning pages to find out. There were plenty of secrets, and mysteries to keep you intrigued. Christopher magically narrated a spiritual world and combined it nicely with the modern day stresses. Each time you went from Erica and Arpan's interactions as he tried to heal her, and then back to what Erica's l ...more
S.R. Mallery
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There is no doubt that Christoph Fischer’s THE HEALER is a different kind of psychological thriller. There are no spies or international intrigue, yet on the edge of your seat the entire time, you most certainly are! When the main character, desperate for a cure for her stage four-pancreatic cancer, approaches a known ‘healer,’ we are immediately drawn in. But that is just the beginning. As the book evolves, we realize it’s all about trust. Mo
Chloe Thurlow
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Fischer is not a new writer to me but one whose books I enjoy more with each one added to the virtual shelf in my Kindle. The Healer is a compelling thriller that sees a woman driven to put her trust into the hands of a spiritual healer after conventional treatment has failed her. Erica has doubts about Arpan, but tries to overcome these since he is her last hope.

The book is a study of desperation and doubt. The healer and his patient go on an intimate journey that transforms them bot
Wendy Steele
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, Erica Whittaker, high powered executive, is persuaded by her loyal personal assistant Hilda, to seek treatment from Arpan. Twenty years previously, he had cured hundreds of people of pancreatic cancer by holistic means. Erica's reluctance to face him is governed by the past.

Fischer's understanding of holistic healing practices allows Whittaker to be the Western sceptic and Arpan to explain what he does and why. This fast paced and intricately woven no
Lana Axe
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again I'm blown away by the depth of characters in Mr. Fischer's books. It took a bit for me to know Erica and understand what she's going through, but she turns out to be multi-faceted and incredibly real. Fischer manages to capture her true emotions, all while weaving a suspenseful tale that kept me glued to each page. There is also a fascinating look at the world of alternative medicine, and a special elixir concocted by Arpan (an intriguing character in his own right) that could be the ...more
Anthony Randall
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Christoph Fischer has penned an original and thought provoking tale, expertly building an eloquent portrayal of human neurosis triggered by primal traits and pinpointing the depths that we will sink to, to achieve our goals. The plot weaves this way and that around the central character on the run up to a perfect little twist.
It’s slightly lean on description for my taste, although some readers may prefer this, it makes up for the shortfall with heaps of dialogue, otherwise I would have undoubte
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Fischer has a way with crafting a story that completely pulls you in and The Healer is no exception. Tackling the difficult subject of cancer combined with a plot full of alternative medicine, mystery, and intrigue, Fischer has created a web of a story that leads you down many roads. The last one at the end is a real mind-blower.

The cancer patient, Erica, is, at first, snarky and irritable, but as she goes through her progress in treatment, the real woman comes out and is very likable.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a shocking read about a woman who takes her medical care into her own hands. After doctors have written her off she goes to a healer. You will never expect or see the twists in this plot. I am so in love with this authors work. The fast paced flowing story lines that truly transport you into the story. Characters you can relate to with either love or hate. Pick up this book if your a fan of mystery, medicine or just great books.
Lucinda Clarke
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another good book from this author, he never disappoints. It was a little slow to start with, but once it picked up pace I was engrossed in the story. I particularly liked the twist at the end – I never saw that coming. Well drawn characters and I could connect with Marie and feel her pain and uncertainty. Give this book a try.
Douglas Wickard
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Loved the book and the writer. I'll be back for more.
Olga Miret
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A psychologically astute book that will make you think about your own mortality. And what an ending! I have read and reviewed a couple of the author’s books in the past and enjoyed them, and I was intrigued by this book when it came out, but due to my personal circumstances (my father suffered from cancer and died around the time of its publication) I didn’t feel I was in the best frame of mind for it. Now that it has been published as part of The Fraud and Miracle Trilogy, I was very pleased to ...more
Lynn Worton
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing psychological/medical thriller. I really enjoyed it!

I received a complimentary gift copy of this book in audio format from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is my honest opinion.

This audiobook is narrated by Georgina Tate. She has a clear reading voice. Unfortunately, I was not keen on her reading style. She read the story in a jerky fashion in my opinion, taking unnecessary breaths in the middle of a sentence where no comma should be, and her pacing
Janet Gogerty
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is nothing straightforward about this novel, we may think we are following Erica's journey towards enlightenment, but it is not as simple as that. Gradually we realise we are not sure who to believe, perhaps the final truth will come out in Book 3. What is intriguing is that it does not matter how real the illness or the cures are, it's how they affect Erica and those around her. I don't think I liked any of the characters and certainly would not have enjoyed working for Erica. In her ruth ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have previously read a couple of this author's books "Ludwika" and "The Luck of the Weissensteiners" both of which dealt with the occupation of the Nazi's. I definitely recommend both of these books. They are eye openers to be certain!

The Healer deals with cancer and how one man was able to cure pancreatic cancer. He had an elixir that pharmaceutical companies wanted badly. When Erica Whittaker was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer she did not expect to live. Her assistant at work helpe
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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 smal ...more
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