Medicine has no cure for evil…
Ben Oris, a pragmatic med student from Philadelphia, gets cut by an old bone while touring the Paris catacombs. His companion Laurette, a public health student from Haiti, senses danger and worries an evil curse now runs through him.
Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. But when people close to him succumb to a grisly illness and a dark priest pursues him, his skepticism wavers. Could a bone from an 18th century skeleton with a frightening history really cause modern-day disease?
With the help of Laurette, he scrambles to find a cure through Vodou before more of his loved ones die. But first, he must battle the mysterious priest who’s bent on vengeance and determined to have Ben’s blood as his own.
“A tense, perceptive tale of an investigation into a terrifying threat.”–Kirkus Reviews
"Realistic details of Ben's hospital clerkship as he and other med students diagnose patients help ground the story's paranormal elements. ... The novel's strength lies in the author's sensitive commentary on adult responsibilities and mental illness."--Publishers Weekly BookLife
"The Bone Curse is a strong medical thriller--inclusive, skillfully written, and inviting."–Foreword Reviews
“A teeth-grinding story of ancient curses and mystical remedies … The Bone Curse will keep even the most skeptical reader awake long past midnight.”—Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author of Not Without My Father and author of the Nowhere Series
“From the first page to the last, the tensions never let up … Bravo to Rubin for creating another fast-paced medical thriller that both keeps you turning pages and opens a window into a world most of us have never considered.”—Audrey Kalman, author of What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls
“A sizzling slice of Vodou served alongside methodical medical science. What's not to love? Unique characters, a plot that galloped along, and some damn fine writing, too.”—G. M. Barlean, author of The Rosewood Series
“A cursed medical student... a vengeful Vodou priest... a vast subterranean Parisian catacomb with more secrets than the bones that rest there... what could go wrong? Take note medical thriller fans, the genre has a new contender, and her name is Carrie Rubin.”—Larry Brooks, USA Today bestselling author
In the arresting opening of this horror-tinged mystery from Rubin (The Seneca Scourge), American medical student Ben Oris visits the Paris Catacombs with his best friend Laurette, a med student from Haiti. After Ben is cut by a bone in the catacombs, bad luck follows him back home to Philadelphia. People in Ben's life, including an ex-girlfriend and his estranged mother, develop a violent and possibly fatal illness. Laurette, whose family is practiced in the traditions of Haitian Vodou, warns Ben that she suspects the bone contained a centuries-old curse. Practical, logical Ben resists the idea that a powerful supernatural force is behind the illnesses. Realistic details of Ben's hospital clerkship as he and other med students diagnose patients help ground the story's paranormal elements. Laurette's belief in unknown forces at work in the world serves as a foil to Ben's pragmatic skepticism, though her character is less developed than his and not much is made of the Vodou angle. The novel's strength lies in the author's sensitive commentary on adult responsibilities and mental illness. (BookLife)
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It was awesome and I liked the characters very much. It was an easy read and fast the momentum of the story line made it very hard to put down! Thank you k.
Fast-Paced, Well-Written Medical Thriller
Ben Oris is a pragmatic rising star in medical school who finds comfort in reason and science. His life changes following a trip to France with his best friend Laurette, however. Ignoring the sage advice of our parents to "look but don't touch," Ben slices the palm of his hand on an old bone in the Paris catacombs. His life is upended afterwards and those closest to him begin to suffer from a mysterious ailment for which medicine can't provide an answer. Is Ben's life falling apart because of an infection? Bad luck? Or something more supernatural?
In this gripping, fast-paced medical thriller the reader is pulled along with Ben on his search for answers and quest to save those he cares for the most. Any reader will find this well-written novel hard to put down.
I was a bit of a skeptic at first, when the summary mentioned voodoo curses and ancient bones. Having been to the catacombs myself I thought the description was spot on! I was unsure about this book for the first couple of chapters but then quickly got pulled into wanted to know what would happen next! I found myself right there with Ben sharing in his split skepticism/belief battle right up until the end!