Against her better judgement, college senior Leigh Swanson goes on a road trip to Montreal with some friends, which turns into the expected partying with booze and pot. On the way back, they become lost, and run into Sam Tucker, who is willing to give them directions in exchange for a ride. Unfortunately those directions lead them into a deadly trip through a Vermont forest, where it’s anyone’s guess as to who will make it out alive!
If you took the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, added the Ruins, and a heavy dose of Deliverance, plus just about every teen slasher flick you could think of, well, you’d wind up with The Remedy. After reading this I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. Don’t get me wrong. I love slasher flicks/books, the gorier the better. (Don’t judge me!) I’m just not sure this added anything new to the genre. It had all the tried and true:
· Brainy, yet good-looking chick
· Sex-obsessed couples
· Murderous hillbillies
· Good-looking but mysterious stranger
· Disgusting body-invading fungus
· Dudley Do-Right Forest Rangers
· The villain who turned out to be the least one you’d expect.
In addition, they make all the usual really bad decisions. There were times I wanted to scream, “Have you people never watched a horror movie? What is the matter with you?” I think the author was trying to be clever in a wink, wink, nudge, nudge sort of way, but for me, it just didn’t work. All I could think of was how it lacked the originality of Scream. You’ve probably noticed that I keep likening this to a movie, but that’s how it played out in my mind. It reminded me of every cheesy ‘B’ movie that I’ve watched on the Syfy Channel. I’m giving it 2 stars only because it was fast paced. I really didn’t like any of the characters. Even Leigh got on my nerves. I mean honestly! Why would you go on a long road trip to Canada with friends who are all hooked up leaving you to be the proverbial third (or in this case, 5th) wheel? It just didn’t make sense and for me it kept going downhill from there. The book is getting mainly 3 and 4 star reviews on Goodreads, etc. so maybe I’m missing something. Or, perhaps I was in a cranky mood when I read it. Or it could be my blood sugar was too low. Either way, I’m glad I didn’t pay for it.