Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Exposure by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs

Before it was a TV series Bones was a character dreamt up by former forensic anthropologist turned best-selling author Kathy Reichs. In her famed novels Temperence Brennan hunts down killers as she splits her time between Vancouver and South Carolina.

Her the author teams up with her son Brendan for the fourth novel in the Virals series.

Based around the adventures, and mis-adventures, of Victoria 'Tory' Brennan, great-niece of Temperence, and her school pals.

Tory, Hi, Ben and Shelton aren't your average teenagers though. After an experiment went wrong the friends were infected with a virus which changed their DNA, heightening their senses and turning them into a pack of 'Virals', almost superhuman with wolf-like mannerisms. They are linked by Tory's wolfdog Cooper, the original source of the man-made virus.

When twins Lucy and Peter miss school, and a video ransom is delivered, it becomes apparent that they have been taken. A cryptic clue is left behind in the form of a card picturing the astrological sign Ophiuchus. Wanting to help, the school friends take it upon themselves to find out where they went.

Able to tap into their wolf-like senses, and with some forensics knowledge, picked up by Tory from her aunt, the pack decides to hunt down the culprit. After searching the twin's home, Tory discovers that something bad has happened in the house, but gets the sense that she is also in danger. However, her reputation at the police station is shot and no one believes them when they present evidence that something is going on.

But when her best friend is also abducted, and a card with Cetus on is left behind, in the midst of a flawed manhunt, the pack redouble their efforts to get to the bottom of what is going on, even putting their own lives on the line to discover the truth.

I loved this book, yes it is aimed at Young Adults, however so was Twilight and I enjoyed those too. It flowed well and the shorter chapter style (eerily similar to James Patterson) kept the pages turning.

I have now downloaded the first 3 novels and the 2 novellas on to my Kindle to enjoy.

You can get a copy here.

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