Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?
The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.
Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.
Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together. (less)
Strong Medicine by JK Hogan is about two men, Jonah and Cameron who hail from different worlds and meet at the lowest point in their life – only to climb out together. Cam, a spoiled former star, is at the psychiatric hospital on a work release program for committing DUI. So he’s hardly the most willing patient. Jonah’s bipolar disorder combined with his traumatic leave him detached from the “real world,” but easily immersed in his fiction – which is great for his author brand, but bad for his sanity.
Hogan’s characters were rich and complex. At the beginning of the book, I was all set to dislike Cam because of his lack of self-awareness and responsibility. But as he opened up to both the reader and Jonah, Cam’s true vulnerabilities revealed a man longing for a connection in people filled life. Jonah, though, was immediately endearing. His ability to rise above his past, continuing to seek treatment in hopes of a better life, makes him an ideal hero in my eyes. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about what it’s like to live and love with mental illness.