Five Days at Memorial takes us back to the devastation brought upon New Orleans in August 2005. The action takes place inside Memorial Hospital as a team of unprepared doctors and nurses are faced with unanswerable questions in regards to patients lives in the face of faltering power and medical supplies. This battle takes place as the hospital struggles to uphold order against reports of rampaging vigilantes outside of its walls. The story moves on to cover the aftermath of the hurricane, as many of the healthcare professionals find themselves defending their choices when stranded at the hospital; lawsuits and media coverage ensues. Sheri Fink handles this behemoth of a story with… Read more
Area X is a verdant disaster zone being monitored by a secret agency known as the Southern Reach; the Twelfth expedition sees a group of scientists enter the quarantined area to take samples of the environment and to better understand why it is there. Soon enough the expedition takes a sinister turn as the scientists begin to uncover secrets about both Area X and the Southern Reach. It soon becomes clear that Area X isn't quite what it seems - it is a place home to unknown creatures and derelict structures once home to untold horrors.
Annihilation is a truly spooky book and VanderMeer crafts the tale perfectly. The remoteness of the expedition is palpable and the prose… Read more
Cop Town is Slaughter's first real standalone from her Will Trent/Sara Linton series, although it has the potential to blossom into a new series. Focussing on 1970's Atlanta police force - a place of segregation and totalitarianism, we are teamed up with rookie female cop Kate Murphy as she fights to make a name for herself in the ol' boy's club of the force.
Slaughter makes pains to show the reader just how far we have come since the racism, sexism and homophobia of the 70s. However, it all feels slightly heavy handed; a talented writer such as Slaughter could have done so much more with the fertile soil of 1970s deep south, however this thriller quickly reveals itself to be… Read more