My Rating: 4/5
Author: Douglas E. Richards
Title: The Cure
Genre: Thriller/Science Fiction
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 soon find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy–one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear. And forever altering the course of human history . . .
At a time when society seems to be facing an epidemic of psychopathic monsters, The Cure explores this condition, and the surprisingly thorny ethical and moral dilemmas surrounding it, within an explosive, thought-provoking, roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that will have readers turning pages deep into the night.
The Cure starts off by giving the reader the background of the main character, Erin Palmer, that you will need for the rest of the book. In the prologue, the reader learns how her life completely changes when – as a twelve year old – she meets a psychopath. I will admit that beginning was a little…rough (not writing-wise, but the content.) In other words, the prologue might affect some people. Although there is violence in later parts of the book, it is different than the prologue; so if this does bother you, keep reading. You should be fine afterwards. The story skips ahead to when Erin is a grad student. Taking a negative and turning it into a positive, Erin spends her life dedicated to understanding psychopaths. Her research catches the eye of several people. When she first started her studies, she wanted to discover a way to detect psychopaths from a distance – sort of like a remote. She admits that this would not be possible for several reason – one being ethics. Erin later is contacted by Hugh Raborn – who is also studying psychopathy. He recruits Erin to helping find a cure for psychopathy. To do this, Erin must perform certain treatments to prison inmates (who were discovered to be psychopaths due to their brain patterns) without their knowledge or anyone else’s. This sort of research could have her sent to prison herself. However, Erin finally discovers the right dosage for the cure. When she goes in person – she only seen him through Skype – to tell Hugh about it, she finds out something is wrong. The pursuit begins. She doesn’t know who she can trust, but ends up partnering with Kyle Henson. Together they must overcome their pursuers and try to help save the world.
The story is written in third person, mostly following Erin and Kyle. Erin is a strong character. Her past, obviously, pushed her to be this way. She is intelligent, beautiful and trained to take care of herself. She has a little bit of a trust issue – expectedly so – but that does not stop her from making a few friends. She has dedicated her life to overcoming the one thing that changed her life so dramatically. Now she must use her knowledge to discover if the people she has been in contact with her are psychopaths themselves. Kyle joins up to help Erin and her delivery of the psychopathy cure. Kyle is an intelligent physicist. He is not well trained in defense but he has the ambition to try his best. The characters were well written and multidimensional.
The plot moved along well. There is action and twists and turns along the way. I was a little surprised at the sci-fi part in it. (I won’t say too much to avoid any spoilers.) Despite this part being out of my normal genre reads, I did enjoy the book. It kept me on my toes.
So who should read this? If you like thrillers and science fiction, this book would be for you. If you like one or the other of those genre, you might also find The Cure enjoyable.