[Book Review] Outbreak

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Title: Outbreak
Author: Davis Bunn
Pages: 304
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

With everything going on today with the Coronavirus, this book hit a little close to home.

What would you do if there was an unknown outbreak on the other side of the world?

You most likely wouldn’t even know it was even happening. Well unfortunately for Theo Bishop, his brother is somehow at the very center of an outbreak of some virus that kills at a 100% mortality rate now. How and why this is, you will eventually find out (but of course not until the very last 10 pages).

Oh No’s

This novel started out so strong but halfway through it just lost all of its momentum. All of the characters just went stagnant and stayed in one small place solving this mystery. And instead, the author brought in a new character that we decided to follow every other chapter for barely no reason. The second half of the book just did not bode well for the beginning.

The ending and Big Reveal™ were just not good at all and didn’t even happen until the last ten pages which was a real headache. This also meant there was no explanation for the worlds reaction. It was just a big let down.

Yay’s

I did love this concept of disease being 100% deadly and the thoughts of a pandemic happening. I mostly picked this book up because of the recent outbreak of Covid-19 and watching the series Pandemic on Netflix! This was right around my interests as of late.

Finally,

As I said, this book was kind of a letdown in the end with the loss of momentum. It was still a good mystery novel but the twist just fell flat to me.

My similar recommendation for this novel would be Zoo by James Patterson.

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-PM

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