A story of friendship, love and what it means to truly live when, sometimes, it may seem easier not to.
Caitlin is convinced she’s going to die.
Two years ago she was a normal twenty-something with a blossoming career and a plan to go travelling with her best friend, until a car accident left her with a deep, unshakable understanding that she’s only alive by mistake.
Caitlin deals with these thoughts by throwing herself into work, self-medicating with alcohol, and attending a support group for people with death-related anxiety, informally known as the Morbids.
But when her best friend announces she’s getting married in Bali, and she meets a handsome doctor named Tom, Caitlin must overcome her fear of death and learn to start living again.
Beautiful, funny, and universally relatable, this story of hidden loneliness and the power of compassion and companionship reminds us that life is an adventure truly worth living.
The Morbids is one of those books that everyone can appreciate. After Caitlin survives the car crash, she’s convinced that everything is temporary and can’t find any purpose in her life. It was truly heartbreaking to read from Caitlin’s perspective, with her anxiety impacting her day to day life, and watching her close herself off from friends and family.
The Morbids is a confronting and extremely emotional read, but it’s also a hopeful story of friendship, love, and self-discovery. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and ultimately uplifting – a story about the power of kindness. The relationship between Caitlin and Tom is one of the most inspiring relationships I’ve read about in a long time. Ewa Ramsey’s beautifully sensitive writing produces some electric chemistry, and it’s a joy reading about their relationship as it grows, and as Caitlin starts to find herself again.
This book deals with the many issues surrounding mental health, which Ramsey describes in sorrowful detail. It takes you on a journey as a character, who appears to have nothing left in her life, becomes a purposeful and compassionate woman who is not only rediscovering who she was, but who she can be. Caitlin is a complex and surprisingly relatable character. I think everyone can see some aspects of themselves in her. I know I certainly did.
Every aspect of this book was meticulously thought out and elegantly written. With some surprisingly funny moments and a look into the reality of someone who is struggling with severe mental health issues, this was a deeply gratifying story to read. Ewa Ramsey has blown me away with this incredible debut and I can’t wait to see more from her!