Pub: Hodder and Stoughton
They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to–
The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)
Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.
There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.
The message is a warning.
Four planes crash on the same day in four different parts of the world and three children, one from three of the crashes. survive.
I love the way that Sarah Lotz has written this novel. Told by various accounts of family and friends of the passengers of the fatal flights, it’s conspiracy theories and general craziness of religious folk, social media and ‘normal’ opinion is what makes this read quite fabulous.
Quite realistic, the description of the air crash is really scary and is bound to put a few people ill at ease with flying.
There are a lot of issues covered that will probably offend, such as race, homosexuality and the like, but Lotz is a brilliant story-teller. The Japanese boy, Hiro and his family were a particular fascination for me. The Japanese view on suicide, death and life is noted and for me Hiro’s story was what was best about this creepy tale.
I must admit I did get a bit bored in the middle and feel that this book could have been about 50 or so pages shorter than it is, but I love a good chill and this one gave me one.