Today is my stop on the blog tour for An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson, a big thank you to Amber from Midas PR for inviting me to take part in this tour.
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The atmosphere in the lab is toxic. It is only a matter of time before there is a flu pandemic with the potential to kill billions. Or so wealthy entrepreneur Lyle Lynstrum believes. That is why he is funding research into transgenics – the mechanism by which viruses can jump the species barrier – at a high security lab on a tidal island off the North Devon coast. A suspiciously rapid turnover of staff has him worried. He sends in scientist Katie Flanagan as an undercover lab technician. Something is clearly very wrong, but before Katie can get to the bottom of what is going on, a colleague is struck down by a mysterious illness. Has the safety of the facility been compromised, allowing a deadly virus to escape? Katie begins to suspect that the scientists are as deadly as the diseases – and that her cover has been blown. Then the island is cut off by high seas and a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse begins… – Goodreads –
I really enjoyed this book! This has come at the perfect time in my life, I’ve just passed an interview to start a placement working in a medical laboratory so I was even more engrossed by this book! I believe that this is the third in the Katie Flanagan series however I felt at no disadvantage not having read the others, so it stands on it’s own really well.
I haven’t read many scientific thrillers but this has made me want to read a hell of a lot more of them. I loved the plot to this book, a killer who uses a deadly virus that should be concealed in the high security lab, also the way that this was done is pretty ingenious.
The characters are developed really well and feel so realistic that I really did feel like I was there with them, Katie is so passionate that you can’t help but like her. She’s struggling to come to terms with life after being in Antarctica on a scientific research trip living isolated and in perpetual darkness. Even with her struggles she still wants to get stuck in to help Lyle figure out what is happening at the lab that he has funded.
As I said before there are two books in the series before this that I definitely want to read, I love Katie as a character and Christine’s writing is fab, the knowledge that she has of the laboratories and diseases such as Malaria helped to captivate me in this story. This is such an addictive fast-paced thriller that I couldn’t put the book down.
So who is Christine Poulson?
Dr Christine Poulson has lectured in art history and is familiar with academic life. A member of the Society of Friends, she is author of several novels and works of non-fiction including the Cassandra James series. During her career as an art historian, she worked as a curator of ceramics at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and as curator for the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, London. She taught for the Open University and was a lecturer in Art History at a college in Cambridge. She is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association. Chrissie is currently based in Hope Valley, Derbyshire.
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