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The Bone Curse (Benjamin Oris #1) by Carrie Rubin
Published by ScienceThrillers Media on March 27th 2018
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The Bone Curse is a fast-paced medical thriller that is well-written and edited. Right from page one the reader is drawn into an interesting plot: a medical student on vacation in Paris visits the ancient catacombs, picks up an old bone and receives a cut from it. Upon returning to his studies in the States and his work as an intern in a hospital, he notices that a string of people close to him are becoming seriously ill, and sometimes don’t recover. Could it be anything to do with the bone? His Haitian colleague believes an evil curse is involved …
It’s the beginning of mystery and intrigue, grisly illnesses, rumors of evil curses, shady characters, and some dabbling in Haitian Vodou. All interspersed with a lot of science that is highly believable and well explained.
The book starts off at breakneck pace – a pace that I thought the author would never maintain. However, she does, without losing control of the intricate plot. Moreover, Rubin creates tension and successfully maintains it throughout. Indeed, on occasion the tension spills over into plain terror.
Her characters are well-written and interesting – medical student Ben Oris in particular – and I am therefore looking forward to more books in this series.