Title: ViralsSeries: Virals #1Author: Kathy ReichsPublisher: ArrowPublication Date: 27 Oct 2011Synopsis 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.
GUEST REVIEW BY BETH OF THE PIECES OF ME
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.