RichardsReviewed by Jessa Larsen

**Potential Spoiler Alert**

Erin Palmer has experienced something no child should ever have to experience. She has had to cope with a devastating encounter with a psychopath. Now she’s a grad student and devoting her life to studying psychopathy. As her research begins to catch the attention of some interesting people, she receives funding for a project in which she will attempt to “cure” psychopathy forever. She finds that it might just be possible to manipulate the genes that create these monsters. Unfortunately for her, this might mean she has to bend a few rules to reach her goal.

The Cure starts off with a potentially interesting subject matter. Erin has dealt with the trauma of a psychopath killing her entire family at a young age and vows to “cure” this problem for future potential victims. The problems start right away. I don’t think the author has looked into psychopaths and serial killers further than what was absolutely necessary for writing a high school level research paper. The serial killer Erin encounters doesn’t come off as realistic. There is a bit about cutting off puppy ears that just doesn’t make any sense other than for the sad attempt at shock value.

We progress a littler further and at this point I think the author has watched the same history channel documents about space travel and aliens that I have. If you feel like you heard me wrong (or as it is, read me wrong), you didn’t. I said aliens. Suddenly the “people” interested in curing psychopathy turn out to be members of some intergalactic United Nations. They believe the human race has potential and want to help them out before they destroy themselves. This brings us back to high school research papers about space travel and extraterrestrial beings. A few random referrals to Star Trek and such even get thrown in.

If I didn’t feel like this was ridiculous enough, we then get a “twist” in the plot. Turns out there’s an evil alien race that would rather dominate and destroy all the peaceful aliens. We now get to read some research papers about ant colonies, hive minds, and are gifted with a few referrals to The Borg. The story gets past the essays long enough for us to realize that THIS alien really isn’t who he said he was because THAT alien claimed to THIS alien who lied about dying and is now controlled by The Borg. Or something like that. It just got to be too much and there were no redeeming factors to reel me back in.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody. I think the author would be better suited to grading high school research papers. There was so much potential, but it really never went anywhere good with any of it. Richards also needs to stick to one genre instead of trying to smash two or three of them together all in the same story. Pick one, research it well, and go with that. I gave this book 1 out of 5 because I felt like there wasn’t anything wrong with the writing on a bare minimum technical level and I feel bad giving anybody an absolute zero.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Forge Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.