A Sickness in the Family

A Sickness in the Family

Graphic Novel - 2010
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Meet the Ushers. The parents, Ted and Biddy. Grandma Martha. The three kids, William, Amy and Sam. Just a normal, middle-class family gathered around the table on Christmas Day. Until they start dying. Violent deaths. One by one. Is there a curse on their house, as a recently unearthed history of witchcraft in the area would suggest? Or has one member of the Usher clan declared open season on the rest? As secrets and resentments boil to the surface, it becomes clear that more than one Usher has a motive for killing off the others. But in the end, the truth turns out to be far more shocking than anyone in this ill-fated family could have imagined
Publisher: New York : Vertigo Crime/DC Comics, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781401228323
Branch Call Number: GN Mina, D 2010
Characteristics: 180 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Robins, Clem 1955-
Fuso, Antonio


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Jan 03, 2014

Great book with a truly shocking ending! I have to be honest, I really didn't see it coming. The only problem is, if you go back and review the facts from the beginning, the ending doesn't actually make sense. So my advice for readers would be not to overthink the story/facts. Other than that, the book is really good. The characters, except for the main one, are kind of hard to sympathize, but regardless, they help create the atmosphere of bitter resentment coursing through their family. The book is very grim and depressing, but in a very good way. It sucks you into the story, and I found it very hard to put down. One other problem I had with the book, though, was that there are two minor characters introduced in the first chapter, but they are gone after that. I found those characters' story to be interesting, and I wish they were kept around a bit longer.

Jun 12, 2012

Denise Mina is one of the leaders of Scotland’s Tartan Noir genre and her stories generally fall to the dark side. In A Sickness in the Family, she continues the tradition. A graphic novel with artwork by Antonio Fuso, this is one from the Vertigo series of crime stories by various authors, which includes one by Ian Rankin. In shades of black, white and grey, this twisted tale slowly reveals the dark undercurrents of one family.


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