From Publishers Weekly
In his follow-up to the Christy Award-winning River Rising, Dickson focuses on a missionary, Riley Keep, who becomes an alcoholic after a devastating experience in the mission field. Blending science fiction and suspense, Dickson sets his novel in the small fishing town of Dublin, Maine. Rich with local dialect and scenery, the novel explores what happens to this bucolic village when dozens, then hundreds, of desperate homeless people descend upon it, having heard that someone there has a miracle cure for alcoholism. As Dublin becomes increasingly dystopic, Riley and the people in his life experience one crisis after another. Dickson's approach is thought-provoking, and his prose beautifully evokes the taciturn spirit of the Mainers who people this novel. As a suspense novel, however, it suffers from a series of implausible misunderstandings. Far too many of the novel's crises involve characters not having discovered facts the reader has known or surmised for some time. Mistaken assumptions about identities, relationships, motives, and culpability for evil deeds serve as a tiresome framework for much of Dickson's plot. His characters seem too smart not to make certain discoveries sooner, and this problem slows down an otherwise well-paced novel that is full of interesting ideas and well-developed characters.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"...a powerful book, one that will remain on my bookshelf for a long time to come." -- Cheryl Russell, infuzemag.com
"... a five-star book.... my favorite book read so far this year..." -- Marie Hashima Lofton, curledup.com
"...I'm glad that Mr. Dickson is writing books, and I'm looking forward to reading whatever he writes next." -- Sherry Early, semicolonblog.com
"...a must-read novel.... even those who don't usually read the genre will want to give it a look." -- Cindy Crosby, faithfulreader.com
"...the artfulness with which Dickson weaves his plot will leave any reader satisfied." -- David White, christianreviewofbooks.com
"At its core, this is a beautiful story that grants encouragement and inspiration.... This is redemptive storytelling at its best." -- Jake Chism, bookshelfreview.blogspot.com
"For a gripping, thoughtful, and worthwhile read, Athol Dickson's The Cure is not to be missed." -- Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.org
"The Cure is a fascinating human interest tale.... I recommend The Cure for readers who love great writing...." -- Heather Hunt, absolutewrite.com