Book Review: The Cure by Douglas E. Richards

thecureTitle: The Cure
Author: Douglas E. Richards
Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: Forge
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Number of pages: 318
First line: Erin Palmer shoved the tip of a huge slice of pizza into her mouth and ripped off a piece hungrily.

Goodreads blurb: Psychopaths cause untold misery. If you found the cure for this condition, just how far would you go to use it?

Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she’s devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, restoring souls to psychopaths. But to do so, she’ll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles.

As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Is he working for the good of society? Or is he intent on bringing humanity to its knees?

Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy—one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear and forever altering the course of human history . . .

You know how I am about endings. I’m not crazy about super ambiguous ones. And if I’m turning pages faster and faster because I am so enthralled, absolutely loving the first 3/4 of the book, then that last 1/4 had darn well hold up. And, unfortunately, things started to unravel just a bit at the end of The Cure. That’s the only thing that kept me from giving this edge-of-your-seat thriller five stars.

But let me tell you what I loved. I loved the premise. I loved the twist that had me saying, “Really? I didn’t see that coming at all!” I liked the characters of Erin and Kyle, and the way their relationship unfolded. I loved that Kyle wasn’t some ultra bad hulk with skills, and that most of their narrow escapes were due to Erin’s talents and ingenuity. I love the fact that I continue to think about some of the concepts and ideas bandied about in the book.

I’m not quite sure what happened with the ending. It almost seemed the like author was so excited to get to the end, to reveal how everything was going to turn out, that he let the tightness of his writing slip. There was some sloppiness to the writing in the last few chapters that wasn’t there before. Fortunately, it wasn’t a huge issue, and so I will still recommend this one to any of you looking for a page-turning science fiction thriller.

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Cure by Douglas E. Richards

  1. irene says:

    Sorry the end was not what you expected, but a page turner is a page turner, don’t you almost want to write the author and say “WHAT?”

  2. This does sound good, even despite the slipping in the end. I so rarely read science fiction, but this is something I think I would enjoy reading.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – it reads like a terrific thriller that just happens to be set in a sci fi world.

  3. Michelle says:

    At first, you had me thinking this was similar to Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Same idea, different premise though. Still very intriguing. Sorry that the ending didn’t live up to the rest of the book, but it still sounds like a worthwhile read!