Leigh Swanson survived a booze- and drug-fueled Spring Break in Montreal with her friends and their boyfriends. She can’t wait for the trip to end, agreeing to go against her better judgement. But then they meet Sam Tucker on the drive back to school and end up taking a detour through the Vermont woods. What Leigh doesn’t realize is that she’s on a trip where a deadly fungal disease is the least of her worries. The secrets lurking in the woods are a whole lot worse than the disease itself.
The Remedy wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. The fact that Asher Ellis gave away the remedy for the fungal disease in the prologue bothered me. Whatever suspense that came from not knowing the remedy and the ultimate discovery of it just disappeared. The suspense came from the threat of gore instead. I’m not a fan of gory horror, whether in books or movies, so this aspect made me checkout from the story more than once.
Most of the characters struck me as one-dimensional. Ellis didn’t spend a whole lot of time on developing each one considering how many points of view he juggled during such a short book. He never spent quite enough time with each person to flesh them out. Whatever empathy I felt for the characters came more from not wanting those kinds of things to happen to any human being rather than caring about the characters as individuals.
The best part of The Remedy had to be the ending. It almost let me forget the book’s faults. Without giving away any spoilers, I’ll say that I really enjoyed imagining the repercussions of the story. Especially the things characters who survived to the last page would have to live with for the rest of their lives.
The Remedy would be a great read for someone interested in horror and who doesn’t mind gore.
The Remedy by Asher Ellis will be published by Full Fathom Five on April 8, 2015.
**I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for an honest, unbiased review.