Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents' murder, she's forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.
While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother's schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in - and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.
©2016 Jodi McIsaac (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
A story of how a young woman is faced with the responsibility of dealing with her brothers mental illness after the death of her parents. Is there a cure for madness?
This book is filled with coincidences - too many coincidences. As things play out I found myself continually thinking "Well, isn't that convenient". Every single character we are introduced to plays a significant part in moving the plot forward. I will give examples below, but be forewarned - it provides (marked) spoilers.
I wish the characters were a bit more fleshed out for us. I prefer stories that develop characters just as much as the plot. This story, however, only uses the characters to move the plot along. I will say that I really liked the ending. It is less than two pages long and yet it gets the job done brilliantly.
Need someone to plant the idea that this outbreak might be government created - crazy brother's fellow sanitarium inmate spouted off some insane prattle about that.
Need someone with inside information about the government's involvement in this outbreak - Clare's roommate works for the NSA.
Need a doctor that is an ally and can skip us through the red tape in the hospital, sneak us in and out, preform tests and get results super fast - Clare's very brief ex-boyfriend from many years ago (but they are in love).
Need conclusive proof that Clare was exposed to the pathogen - the man who coughed on her in the airport is the husband of her grade school teacher and her old friends happen to know that they both became infected.
Need quick cash and/or bargaining tools - the attic of Clare's childhood home has plenty of gold coins and valuable baseball cards.
Need survival tools - Clare's dad has a hoard of guns stashed under some blankets - you know, to keep them hidden from his son who is mentally ill and known to be violent.
Need a place to hide out from the government hounds that are chasing you - your parents still own some of the property (sold the house on it, but kept just enough property on the outskirts). Oh and Dad built a treehouse that, even with the boards nailed into the trunk to serve as a ladder, is still unseen by normal people.
Need to get to get out of the country - brother knows anarchist guys that live in, on, and over, the border of Canada, with comrades on both the US and the Canadian side.
Need to sneak into that other country - there are abandoned drug tunnels right on the property.
Lovely reading or listening. A little bit of romance, little bit of action. Ending was for me slightly unsure. What really happened?
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