The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead.
Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it’s suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It’s no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It’s a deadly virus. And it’s spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force?
The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected…
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Tags: Horror, mystery, thriller, police procedural, culture & faith, ownvoices, supernatural, romance
(Thanks goes to Head of Zeus for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.)
You know, I would have given this an extra half star if it weren’t for its sheer, unmitigated gore. Either I wasn’t warned or must have missed the memo that this was a horror novel. Be warned: this book contains multiple extremely GRAPHIC and downright SICK scenes. DO NOT READ this before a meal or consuming anything, you will be put off especially from having meat. My advice is to skip the gory scenes altogether(maybe just read one to get the gist of the level of danger and craziness the characters are dealing with here).
…but she succeeded in only pulling slithery lumps of flesh from her chin, and ripping off her lips like two fat glutinous slugs.
The premise was interesting and I was curious to know the explanation and conclusion of this mysteriously bizarre phenomenon. Clothes with a mind of their own? People seemingly possessed by another person while wearing said clothes? Clothes running amok and killing people?? I’m of the opinion that Ghost Virus could have been shortened a bit, it got a little dragging after 70% of the story.
The writing could improve some, too. Some lines read kind of clunky and it’s possible there was a plot hole or two somewhere.
What caught me by surprise(and pleasantly so. THANK YOU, Graham) was the direct representation of Muslims in the book. The author has clearly done his research as they were startlingly accurate. He included many instances of police politics and racism within the work environment(I can’t vouch for its authenticity but it seems possible).
…she knew that what she was about to do was in direct contravention of Allah’s will…All the same, she whispered ‘Subhana rabbiyal adheem’ three times as she lay there.
The smidgen of romance felt somewhat forced to me. I felt so awkward by the intimacy(nothing racy, mind you). I guess I’m just not sure whether they make a good match. One’s religious and the other’s staunchly atheist.
Ghost Virus reads like a mix between detective and horror, with a glop of the supernatural and a backbone of realism. I could’ve done without the overboard gore though.
Parental Guidance: 18+
Violence – Excessively gory and violent. Cannibalism, detailed descriptions of corpses, mutilation and brutal murder.
Sex – Attempted pedophilia. Sexual tension between two characters.
Religion – One cop’s a Muslim and the other’s an Atheist. Both beliefs are represented.
Profanity – Yes
Recommended for: Fans of gory horror, and those looking for the shock factor.