In San Antonio Texas, life and all it entails, goes on for Detective Lily Harris, even in the midst of a horrifying flu outbreak that is killing people. Living inside the quarantine walls to hopefully contain the virus, Lily and her two children try to have a somewhat normal life with the addition of face masks and protective clothing on at all times. Food and supplies are hard to come by unless you use the black markets. Even in these hard times, Lily must continue to work to provide for her family.
While working her shift, Lily discovers a female murder victim among those who died from the flu virus. As Lily investigates the murder, another strain of the flu virus surfaces, and Lily finds herself in the middle of a government conspiracy that if leaked tot he public would cause an all out war.
Now Lily, with limited time, must find a way to get herself and her children through the heavily guarded quarantine walls and bring what she has found out to light in order to save them all.
Outbreak stories can be some scary stuff. When I downloaded this audiobook, it was before the Ebola virus was hitting the news. Listening to it now knowing about the dangerous virus, put another level of fear to this book.
The book is dark and gives you the feeling of being on the inside of a quarantined wall. You do not hear much about what is going on beyond the wall with the rest of the world. Food is dropped in, but as the story goes on, supplies become low. As if that is not frightening enough, finding bodies from the flu is an every chapter occurrence.
What was unique about this read was that Lily tries to maintain a somewhat normal life for kids throughout it all. I enjoyed reading about her trying to find certain ingredients to make a cake, and planning a birthday party for her daughter even in the middle of chaos. It was refreshing to know that as humans, we try through it all to maintain some sense of a life.
Unique read. I listened to this one on audio, narrator Therese Plummer (I interviewed her earlier this year) does an excellent job.