What’s your besetting sin? I know, I know, we’re Christians, we’re supposed to be perfect and never struggle with anything anymore. But let’s get real for a minute. What is it? Lust? Gluttony? Addictions? Laziness? Worry? Anger? Unforgiveness?
What if someone could give you a magic pill that would make it disappear – you would never struggle with that sin again? Would you take it? Now, think about it for a minute. If you take it, the desire to sin in that area is gone. But, so is your need to trust in God’s grace for that part of your life. That puts a new wrinkle on things, doesn’t it?
That decision is what faces Riley Keep in The Cure. Riley is battling alcoholism, and as devastating as that addiction is, that isn’t his worst demon. He has returned to Dublin, Maine, to seek a mythical cure he keeps hearing about, but he arrives too late to help his best friend, Brice, and that is just one more failure heaped onto a lifetime of failures. He’s lost his wife and daughter, lost his profession, lost his self-respect, and lost his faith. When he meets a strange woman running a homeless shelter, his life is turned even further upside-down. What Riley does with “the cure” brings chaos to a town, and brings him face to face with his past, and his future.
When I read Athol Dickson’s River Rising (my review), I thought that he wouldn’t be able to equal it in a future book. I was wrong. Dickson has a very lyrical, literary style of writing and a terrific sense of setting. He writes characters with just enough description that you can picture them, and sets the mood perfectly.
And, in the end, you’re left with the question: would you take “The Cure?”