by MC Foley
Los Angeles. 2012. After a beaten-down, sickly cog visits a faith healer, she develops a dark wish fulfillment power that stokes her appetite for sex and vigilante-style revenge.
“The illness, the one that almost killed me, or almost killed my soul, was also the thing that brought me here. A new home in my City of Angels. Heads on stakes. Enemies impaled. All of this revenge surrounding what used to elude me – Power. Until now. One visit to the bird streets and everything changed. They say absolute power corrupts. Absolutely. Yes, it does.”
At A Glance
I have never read a book like this before. It was frightening, sexy, and crude. Three things which I happen to like.
This was such an odd book. I didn’t really know what to think of it at first. But the more I read, the more I became obsessed with it. It’s just so damn fascinating.
Evan is a very interesting character. She has a lot of crappy and scary things happen to her and her need for revenge grows with each a-hole who messes with her. Even when her thirst for blood (figuratively) increases, she is easily relatable. I think most of us wishes we had a way to get revenge on the people who wronged us, or just bad people in general. Evan’s evolution to the person getting crapped on to the tormentor was very believable and interesting to watch.
Jimmy seemed like a great friend at first who kindly shared his new power with a friend, but we also see the lust for punishing bad people change him dramatically. His decent into evil is far more aggressive. I am still scared for Evan because I don’t know how she is going to deal with him down the road (if this becomes a series).
I love Foley’s take on the bad apples of society. We get to meet some truly evil and despicable people. But even with these scumbags, The Cure makes us ask ourselves: is it fair for one person to become judge, jury, and executioner if they are the wronged party? If you had the means, would you wish bad things to happen to people who wronged you or wronged others?
Even though this book fascinated me, there was really no solid plot. Evan and Jimmy have the power to make vengeful wishes come true. So they utilize this new talent. And that’s it.
The Cure has very adultish sex. It’s rough, a little scary, and darkly erotic. Jimmy is in charge and Evan likes is that way. Until she doesn’t and Jimmy becomes too cocky. I so wonder what’s going to happen next between these two. Also, expect a lot of bad language.
Foley is a great story teller. The Cure will be a hit and miss for a lot of people. It’s rough around the edges but it gets the point across. It’s gritty in all the right places. I hope there is a book two. Recommended.
“Well, I am crazy,” he says. “So are you. We all are. But now you and I have a way to channel it. To make it work for us.”
I’m not sure if I believe him, but I can’t risk going against him. And I’ve already admitted it to myself…he scares me. If it’s even slightly true that I don’t know what else we are capable of…then I have no idea what he would do to me if I didn’t obey.