A series of unexplained phenomena create shockwaves across the globe – a huge religious statue moves its arm, and there’s a spate of floods and earthquakes. Many think it’s the end of the world…
Investigative journalist Alyssa Durham receives a call from an old friend claiming that these phenomena may not be entirely natural, but when he is assassinated in front of her, she finds herself on the run for her life.
Alyssa teams up with Jack Murray, a scientist from a secretive government research laboratory, to uncover the truth. But who wants them dead, and what are they trying to protect?
As chaos descends, Alyssa and Jack are drawn into a battle against an unknown enemy with the highest possible stakes, because one thing they’ve learnt is that nothing is safe from extinction…
Wow, this is a hard one to review. On the one hand, it’s an utterly gripping thriller with some extremely clever parts and on the other it has the worst type of ending for me personally and I’m going to put that aside because it shouldn’t take away from the brilliance of this book. It’s also hard not to spoil things as there are a few elements that I really want to shout excitedly about!
The story is extremely well written, engaging and emotional, and oh yes, very gory! The characters are exceptional too, I especially loved Alyssa and was glad she wasn’t made out to be a wilting flower, given her job as an investigative journalist.
Apart from the prologue and epilogue, the pace is full on, have to keep turning the pages while on the edge of my seat. You can easily see it being a blockbuster action film.
The twists. Oh my goodness the twists. I can’t talk about them because they really would spoil the book, but there are two that had my jaw on the floor. One is outstanding, I didn’t see it coming and it had me in shocked tears. The second manages to be both extremely clever and a little disappointing. Clever in that it encompasses the entire book, the writing is part of it, and it wasn’t until after I’d reached the epilogue, that I then had to skim through the book again to make sure it was how I thought it was. That aspect – stunning. The disappointing part was that it was so improbable but it is a minor part of an otherwise fantastic book that still has me thinking about it, a week or so on from reading it.
The first book by J.T. Brennan I’ve read and it won’t be the last. Even if he doesn’t cater to my ending preferences 😉