Fiction, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Kayla reviews THE REMEDY

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Summary:

He’s a man with a body under siege – and the willingness to proceed with a cure so miraculous all one can do is gasp – in this chilling story by New York Times bestselling author Adam Haslett.

After years of traditional treatments and therapies, Derrick still suffers from pain ineluctable enough that it has become his identity. Then he hears of an exclusive, very private New York clinic that promises relief. It comes highly recommended by a friend. The multisession remedy unfolds as a sensorial wonder that’s so illuminating it’s enough to bring tears to Derrick’s eyes. It’s all working so well. So unexpectedly well.

My Take:

First of all, this is a fine story. It deals with philosophy, the meaning of life, the meaning of happiness, etc. I would argue, however, that all those big ideas were a little too much to include in a short story. The conclusion was not scary, as the genre promises, but instead predictable.

The narrator for a good job of bringing the story to life, though the writing itself lacked the necessary suspense to really draw me in.

It wasn’t a bad story, but I wanted more.

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