✨Review✨The Morbids ~ Ewa Ramsey A debut novel by an

✨Review✨The Morbids ~ Ewa Ramsey A debut novel by an

12/2/2021, 9:53:58 AM
✨Review✨The Morbids ~ Ewa Ramsey A debut novel by an Australian author about mental illness, I really wanted to love it. I appreciate that Ramsey didn’t sugarcoat what anxiety is like. It is debilitating, all consuming, and hardly ever logical. The fear of death isn’t something I can relate all that much to but she’s captured the nuances of the anxiety voice really well. I found myself getting really anxious towards the end and if you’ve read it you will know the part I’m talking about. So be prepared to maybe have to put it down if that could be an issue for you. Another thing I really appreciated was the way that trauma was explained. There is no date on when it feels better, there is no one way to deal with it. And I have really liked the few books this year that have shown that it’s not always pretty in how you cope with it. The reality is that we do what we can; healthy or not. And it’s not always socially acceptable. But it’s real and raw and needs to be talked about. Caitlin was in an accident where she believes she should have died, and now has an intense fear of dying. She joins a group called The Morbids, hence the name of the novel. Given this is the title of the book I expected and wanted more from The Morbids. Not the story of how Caitlin’s friend helps for her own personal gain. While I think it was nice that there was a portrayal of friendship and eventually acceptance of mental health it missed the mark for me. [potential spoiler ahead] The addition of Tom also bought in one of my most hated tropes in books about mental health. Actually just books in general; male saviour. I guessed what would happen as soon as he was introduced. I would’ve thought for such a progressive telling of anxiety it would have been good to not fall in to that stereotype, alas it wasn’t to be and I’ll keep looking. The end also seemingly tied it all up nicely which I also dislike in books such as these. But, i can definitely see why people like it, and I can also definitely see why professionals have issues with the support group. A good debut with so much potential, but overall I didn’t love it as much as I wanted too. TW: death anxiety, substance use

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