In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. ‘Bat Fever’ is highly contagious and one hundred per cent lethal.
A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them.
What the villagers don’t know is that beneath Sarah’s cottage is a fully-stocked, luxury survival bunker. A post-apocalyptic ‘des res’.
Hincham isolates itself from the rest of the country, but the deaths continue―and not from the virus. There’s a killer on the loose, but is it a member of the much-depleted community, or somebody from outside? Paranoia is rife, as friend suspects friend, and everybody suspects the newcomers.
Most terrifying of all is that nobody knows who’s next on the list…
Four years after Covid-19 there is a far worse pandemic. “Bat fever” kills so many people that soon there is civil disorder. Tipping Point, the original book in the Project Renova series was written by Terry Tyler over 3 years ago. The Visitor is set in this version of 2024 England, but you can easily read it as a stand-alone.
Jack looks back fondly to his college days when he shared a house with three other students. The four have kept in touch and now as their everyday lives fall apart, perhaps they can reunite in a safe house. Sarah has inherited her uncle’s house in a Norfolk village which has a hidden bunker filled with supplies. When Jack’s girlfriend dies of the virus, he sets out to join Sarah. Sadly their other two friends, Daisy and Rexy have also died but they are replaced by Avalon, Rexy’s girlfriend and Daisy’s rather strange brother, Finn.
Many of the villagers are understandably unwelcoming but gradually they participate in village meetings and dangerous forays to obtain supplies. But there is a major problem when several people are murdered. The newcomers are suspected but perhaps it was raiders from outside the village or even old enmities. We are able to get inside the heads of the four house sharers, who soon become close yet have different outlooks on how to appease the villagers. The thoughts of the murderer are also revealed though the identity remains a mystery.
There are clues and red herrings and almost everyone in the village could be the murderer or the next victim. The main characters gradually come to terms with this new world and we are part of their evolving beliefs and attitudes. The murder mystery, including causation, is intriguing and how society deals with crime when there are no police or officials raises interesting questions of morality and responsibility. A thought provoking enjoyable read.
The Visitor on Amazon UK
My Review of Tipping Point
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-two books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘The Visitor’, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her popular Project Renova series. She is currently at work on ‘Megacity’, the third and final book in her dystopian Operation Galton series, after which she may decide to write something a bit more cheerful. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.