Author: Lisa C. Hinsley
Source of copy: Abovethetree
Expected publication: December 9th 2013 by Pocket Star
In this enthralling debut thriller written in the vein of Contagion, a young couple struggles to save their plague-stricken son as they desperately fight back against a tyrannical government.
A new strain of the bubonic plague is diagnosed in London. Before it can be contained it spreads through the population, faster and deadlier than anyone could have imagined. Three weeks is all it takes to decimate the country.
Johnny and Liz are devastated when their young son, Nathan, starts to show symptoms, but Liz phones the authorities anyway, and a few hours later the army arrives and boards up their house.
Now Nathan is dying and there is nothing they can do to help him. Hours pass like weeks as their little boy grows weaker and weaker. All Liz wants is for them to die with some dignity, but the authorities refuse to help. Then their Internet and phones stop working. Cut off from the world and stuck inside their house, the family tries its best to cope-but there is nothing they can do to stop the lethal epidemic.
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What a novella. I wanted more but I was emotionally wrung by the end. Honestly not sure if I could have read more. The book really left some questions out there for me... Not questions so much of the characters and what happened next, but more on the basis of large what if questions.
What would you do in this situation? Would you survive? I'm' not sure I could be that strong. A gut wrenching story of love and loss. A great little read. One I will probably be thinking back on for years to come.
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