Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.
While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.
As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.
I know novels are written long before publication. What amazing insight Mills had into a possible deadly virus being discovered and used. The nightmare she has created in her novel is one we know now as very much a real possibility.
While the topic of the novel is a deadly virus having been released in an airplane, there is little suspense until the very end. Much of the plot centers on how the FBI works to uncover the person responsible. An FBI agent, Heather, was on the plane and the FBI is overly focused on her estranged husband. He is an accomplished researcher on viruses and cures and had been recently pushing for a divorce. Heather's feelings toward her husband and his own attempts to thwart the FBI's odd concentration on proving his guilt occupy much of the novel.
I liked the timely topic. The agony of deaths caused by the virus was developed well and brought to mind the current worldwide virus situation. A clear spiritual message was included as Heather's husband is faced with the reality of the God Heather believes in.
There were a few aspects of the novel that puzzled me. Some of the dialogue didn't make sense to me, like it needed one more editing. Heather discovers a murder victim while in quarantine, at the close of a chapter. Then the murder is not mentioned for several chapters and appears not to have been investigated at all. And the conditions in the quarantine seemed way too lax for a deadly virus. Doctors and others who came in to work with the quarantined wore only masks and gloves. And the quarantined people moved freely among each other, even as successive people became ill.
Even though I had issues with some details of the plot, this is a very timely novel containing a number of relationship issues and a good spiritual message.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: September 8th 2020
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 1496427173 (ISBN13: 9781496427175)
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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Retreats: Marketing, Speakers, Nonfiction, and Novelist with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
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