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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Guest Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs

Title: Virals
Series: Virals #1
Author: Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They areVirals.


I may be one of the few people who read mainly adult fiction who has never read anything by Kathy Reichs. I’m not even sure who she is, I just know she writes mainly forensic-crime novels? Anyway, I saw this as a good thing because when I picked up Virals, I had no real preconceptions or expectations.

The story itself flows really well and the suspense in the novel is really well paced. I loved the twists and turns, especially as every time I thought it had reached a climax, another one came along.

The paranormal/fantastical edge was the only thing which didn’t sit totally well with me but that’s mainly because I’m not a huge fan of fantasy/paranormal fiction but it worked well in context and was key to the main action of the novel. The only other point I didn’t understand is why Reichs felt the need to have Tory distantly related to the protagonist in her adult novels. Tory is a strong enough character in her own right and I imagine, if you were a fan of Reichs’ adult work you may find this a bit odd.

Virals is clearly the first in a series and is left in a way which makes the reader want to read more. A fast paced, action packed start to a series which is bound to interest anybody who enjoys crime fic with an exciting paranormal twist.


  1. Great review. I'm quite intrigued by this one because I've read and loved loads of Reich's adult books.

  2. This is a great review, it's look like a fab book, glad you enjoyed it so much.

    Jessica @ Booked Up!


  3. I'm intrigued by this one but not entirely sure its one for me... I might give it a go at some point!


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