A terrifying enigma - with the power to destroy....
Twenty years ago Kate Maddox was a volunteer at a research centre where scientists hunted for a cure for the common cold virus. That summer Kate fell in love with a handsome young doctor, Stephen, but her stay ended in his tragic death, and Kate fled to a new life in the United States.
Now Kate is back in England and on the run with her young son, this time from her vile husband. But a chance encounter sets her on a terrifying path of discovery. What really happened at the Cold Research Unit two decades ago?
Pursued by both her estranged husband and a psychotic killer who is obsessed with his prey, Kate must fight to solve the puzzle of the past - uncovering a sickening betrayal and a truth more horrifying than she could ever have imagined.
©2012 Mark Edwards and Louise Voss (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"An exhilarating ride with plenty to satisfy even the most demanding conspiracy theorists - in a similar vein to Michael Crichton and Dan Brown, and then some! I found myself rushing through the last few chapters as the pace increased and every moment was full of tension. Brilliant stuff." (Elizabeth Haynes, best-selling author of Into the Darkest Corner)
"A fast-paced conspiracy thriller that stays suspenseful and unsettling to the very last page." (Emlyn Rees, best-selling author of Hunted)
"A high octane, action-packed thriller.... There is so much action and intrigue in this book and every scene is driven by a powerful emotion, such as lust, love or savage hatred." (First Choice)
"A fast-paced rollercoaster thriller - MEGA Book of the Month!" (LoveReading.co.uk)
The thriller plot had real potential and was compelling at the start, but it ended up turning on several completely improbable coincidences--almost insultingly contrived. The love/sex writing was junior-high level smarmy (at one point the main character makes a crack to herself about the size of her soon-to-be-ex-husband's penis--really?). Characters are stereotyped, and there's a lot of melodramatic shrieking at the end ("Jack! Oh, Jack!").
Something that's written for grown-ups.
Plummy and nice.
Sadness at what the publishing industry has come to.
"Started well, but became very unrealistic!"
This is an unusual tale that really engaged me until the later chapters. I won't give any spoilers. Suffice to say that when things really hotted-up, it repeatedly got silly. At moments of legitimate panic, the main protagonist stopped crying and worrying long enough to launch into a detailed chat! Also, there were sloppy faults in the Police procedures, one glaringly huge.
"Not their best."
I've listened to a few of this pair's books. This one was disappointing in comparison. Rather far-fetched story.
Antonia Beamish is a good narrator.
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