Jo’burg city is shimmering with a bitterbright tension, the perfect playground for a scarred, creative – and extremely efficient – assassin.
Kirsten is a roaming, restless synaesthete: an awarded photographer with bad habits and a fertility problem. Her life has been defined by what she calls her ‘Black Hole’: a painful hollow feeling where her heart should be.
Seth is a brilliant chemgineer and loyal member of Alba: an underground biopunk Truther organisation that exposes corporate bullies and black clinics. He has the hollow feeling too, but fills it with other things, like the drugs he designs, and women in ridiculous shoes.
Kirsten and Seth don’t know each other, but they seem to be connected; they feel echoes of one another.
At once familiar and bizarre, adorned by litter bunting and broken pavements, South Africa in 2021 is beset by a relentless drought and a fertility crisis. When Kirsten’s journo friend Keke uncovers some cryptic information, they team up to investigate, and discover that Kirsten’s parents were actually her abductors, and that she is one of a twin.
A strange, muttering woman with dog hair on her jersey approaches Kirsten with a warning, and is found dead shortly afterwards. The police attribute it to the Suicide Contagion.
The warning leads Kirsten and Keke to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people – and Kirsten’s barcode is on it. The twins are re-united – ironically – by the poisoned list, but as the bodies of the other victims begin surfacing they realize how real their jeopardy is.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well just let me start by saying that this is a pretty cool book! You know sometimes you hear people saying they were lost in a book well I just didn’t want to be found. What a story! Set Johannesburg South Africa it dips in and out of two time zones, one via a journal in 1987 by Anne and the other in a not too distant future 2021. The frightening thing was you could see that this may be where we are all heading and to be honest it makes you think what can I do to make sure we don’t.
Clean water is a major issue, with tap water undrinkable and other sources of water scarce, infertility problems are very common with most family being affected and only a small amount of people finding solutions. As the oil supplies on the planet are used up it also means that cars are becoming a thing of the past too. I have to admit though that I was fascinated with some of the new gadgets.
After a mysterious and seemingly deranged woman approaches Kate and hands her a key it isn’t long after that the woman is found dead. The key leads Kate on a journey that turns her whole life, and that of her friend Kirsten, upside down. Her life has been one huge lie from before she can remember to every second that ticks by after. The key leads to the Doomsday Vault and a list of seven, what first appears, unrelated people. The only thing some of them now have in common is that half the list have been murdered so they embark on a life saving mission. That is to stop Kirsten becoming the next target and find out about hidden pasts.
There are quite a few threads that you seem to get one after another to start with but wow do these threads weave a strong plot. This is one book that you don’t want to give up on after a couple of chapters because it becomes far more than you could ever imagine yourself. I still can’t get this book out of my mind. This is such a mix of everything brilliant. A dystopian thriller, and advanced genetics with a pinch of sci fi too. It all works superbly. Really though this book can be enjoyed simply as a thriller. It is so darn good!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JT Lawrence is a bestselling Amazon author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door.