This is definitely the darkest one of the three Torchwood novels available at the moment. It is a well written horror novel. With that I mean, it has many shocking scenes including a lot of blood and gore but it is combined with good characterizations and within a storyline that is definitely not put together just to play with the emotions of the readers.
Most of the book is about the relationship between Gwen and Rhys. It is obvious that this book takes place during the beginning of the first season when first cracks appeared in their relationship but not the ugliness that happened later. Gwen did things in later Torchwood I am not sure if I will ever be able to forgive her for it. Gwen certainly loves Rhys very much but, as on TV, in spite of the best intentions at the beginning, things tend to get out of control and Gwen has to struggle to save a situation from becoming a complete disaster. In this book, she is shown more capable. She made a serious mistake, but so did Rhys. I found it touching to read how both of them first of all got into this mess because they wanted to save their relationship and that the story involving them had a happy end - for now. The reader is left with a sense of optimism. I wish I could have the same feeling now, after the end of the first season.
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. As soon as the miracle weight loss cure appeared, I wondered, where is the catch? I expected it to be nasty but I had no idea how nasty it would get.
There is only one minor aspect that I am not very happy with. On the one hand, of course Jack is entitled to his opinion and I have heard it often enough. But on the other hand, I think telling overweight people in essence that pills are not the answer but you have to change your behaviour is at best simplistic, at worst insulting. People are overweight for a range of reasons, often more than one and the answer is usually not that simple. Pills alone are not the answer but if that treatment would have worked safely and would be available in reality, it would help a lot of people.
Now that I have finished all three books, I am hoping that there will be more.