published: 7th May 2020
spoilers? tried to avoid
Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?
In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.
Galley provided by publisher
CWs: human experimentation, gore, violence
Dangerous Remedy was easily one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, and it does not disappoint. It is an action-packed, found family-filled historical romp that will alternately have you laughing out loud and sobbing into a hankie.
The story opens with a heist: Camille and her crew have been hired to conduct a prison break, only they soon come to realise they have not been told the whole story. What follows is dodging around Paris, trying to find out more, and uncovering dangerous secrets.
The book centres on a group of misfits, and they are, obviously, the best aspect of it. It will take you approximately one chapter to fall in love with each and every one of them (I promise you this). And from then on, you will be gripped with fear that something bad will happen to any of them. But it’s a fun kind of fear, you know. The kind of fear you get when you truly love the characters and book.
But it’s not just the characters who are great – the plot is a real ride as well. It starts with the prison break, and does not let up from there. You don’t know what’s the truth or who to trust or what’s actually going on with Olympe, so you’re as blind as the characters themselves (which is always the best way to be). And then the end happens and you’re left speechless.
If there is one teeny tiny thing I liked less about it, though, it’s that there are a couple of times where it ends a chapter or part on a cliffhanger, and then the next chapter cuts to 20 minutes later when they’ve all escaped. It’s not a bad thing, per se, it’s just that you’ve lost all that tension of will they get out of this one.
But, overall, it’s a great start to a series (duology?) and definitely one that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, then leave you wanting more.