Louise Welsh has already established herself as the Queen of the intelligent psychological crime thriller and as a big fan of hers I was delighted to hear that she had a new book releasing in early 2014. However I had not anticipated that it would be the first in a trilogy about a mysterious virus spreading across the UK decimating the population surely this was a Science Fiction novel? therefore not my cup of tea? I am pleased to say I was wrong, Louise seamlessly blends aspects of crime and Sci-fi together and her gutsy heroine Stevie is a perfect protagonist; an ex journalist she still has an instinct for a story especially when things don’t add up. When her boyfriend dies suddenly in the middle of an epidemic no-one else seems suspicious but Stevie is convinced he was murdered. So while everyone else is fleeing the capital and the virus known as “the sweats” Stevie is entering dangerous territory and attempting to track down a killer. This is a fantastic, intelligent and heart thumping read the kind of book that will keep you awake in a desperate rush to finish it. I look forward to the next instalment.
Perfect if you love Lottie Moggach and Erin Kelly.
Thanks to welovethisbook.com for the chance to read an early copy of this book which is published in hardback and e-book by John Murray on March 20th.
I reviewed Louise Welsh's last novel the Girl on the stairs HERE