Award-winning author Matt Drabble puts a different spin on an old legend with his monstrous novel (almost 500 pages) The Cure. The story features a likable lead facing her own mortality and an interesting cast, and the plot provides some grisly scenes and much food for thought. Police inspector Alison Raines hasn’t much time left. She’s built a career, but with her health failing, she decides to close out some of the cold cases that bother her. However, something strange is afoot, beginning with a drunk and disorderly. As her oncology medicines make her question what she’s experiencing, she and her partner and the medical examiner find themselves with more questions than the modern mind could answer. Written from multiple viewpoints, The Cure ends with a conclusion that leaves the potential for a sequel.