Top critical review
9 February 2019
Jon Keller is an academic attending a conference in Switzerland, when nuclear war breaks out. He and his fellow guests at a secluded hotel are among the few survivors. They have to learn to look after themselves with limited and dwindling supplies, sporadic access to the internet and no idea exactly what is going on further afield. When the people begin to complain of the drinking water tasting funny, Jon and two hotel workers, Dylan and Nathan investigate the property's huge roof top water tanks. Here, they find the body of a young girl. Jon makes it his mission to find out who her murderer was, and if they are among the hotel survivors.
I found this book very dull, with no pace at all. Despite there being a murder, there was nothing driving it forward. In one chapter, Jon was totally focussed on finding the murderer, then for the next few, the victim appeared all but forgotten among the need to find food and forge relationships with previous strangers. By the end of the book, I was not bothered which of the guests may or may not be guilty. Jon's character was not very likeable or relatable. The ending, for me, was ridiculous and felt rushed.