Ciao, SEers. Staci here with the Friday Book Share post.
I’ve recently read Carrie Rubin’s The Bone Curse. I saw a promo for it on another site and it sounded like something I’d really enjoy, so I snatched it up.
First, I’d like to talk about the cover. I love the muted color palate. The bones at the bottom really pop, and the skull in the smoke is, to me, even creepier than the remains at the bottom. I’m especially drawn to the expanded spaces between the letters in the title and the author’s name.
The book comes with a lot of endorsements (Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Foreward Reviews, and some bestselling authors). If you value and/or rely on such recommendations, this book has many of them.
The description on the back promises a medical mystery, an ancient curse, and Vodou rituals. I was interested at the words “medical mystery.” Throwing in the other stuff was a bonus to me.
And it all paid off.
At the heart of it all is a med student with more on his plate than any one person should have to juggle. (Boy, could I relate.) I loved watching the medical mysteries unfold. While I couldn’t begin to guess what might cause the maladies of the people in the book (I’m not a doctor), I really enjoyed watching him figure it all out.
But that’s only the beginning. Throughout the story, we learn more about his personal relationships—people with whom he had passing encounters and people who helped shape his life. These interpersonal relationships were the driving force for me. Watching what was said—and what wasn’t said—is what made me care for these people. And learning the different layers each person had was satisfying—the author brought depth and believability to characters who could easily have become caricatures.
What wrapped it all up for me was the curse. Who it affected and how. To what lengths the main character would go to stop it. Did it exist, or was there a medical explanation? Will we find out the truth in the end?
I’m telling you, I swiped through the pages as fast as I could, looking for answers to my ever-growing questions.
This story has paranormal elements, but the overarching delivery is grounded in reality. I’m excited that this is the first in a series because I’d love to see what happens next. But don’t worry; this is a standalone novel, and the threads are all neatly tied off at the end.
There you have it. My recommendation for a thrilling summer read. If you like medical mysteries, drama, and paranormal curses, you’ll find all three in this book, working synergistically to create a fabulous final product.
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