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)
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
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.
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.
"Improbable and silly"
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.
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