PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
PUBLICATION DATE: December 8th, 2020
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Happy Publication Day to Red Hands by Christopher Golden! Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate.
A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it’s Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again.
“Weird s**t expert” Ben Walker is surprised to get a call from Alena Boudreau, director of the newly restructured Global Science Research Coalition. There’s an upheaval in the organization and she needs to send someone she can trust to Jericho Falls. Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret.
Walker’s assignment is to get her off the mountain alive. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need… the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow. When Walker and Maeve meet at last, they will unravel a stunning legacy of death and betrayal, and a malignant secret as old as history.
Meet Maeve. Maeve and her family are at a 4th of July parade in Jericho Falls. Out of no where, a car comes racing down the street heading towards the parade and the onlooking crowd. What the heck is going on, why is there a car speeding down the road during a parade, and why are they not slowing down or stopping? Horror and terror ensue as the car keeps up speed and strikes several in the crowd. Many are killed as a result.
Once the man in the vehicle gets out he comes into contact with several other people, that strangely die as soon as they are touched by his hand. As if that isn’t strange and intriguing enough, theis strange “power” gets transferred to Maeve herself, and then she finds herself fleeing into the woods knowing people will be after her.
I enjoyed how fast paced this novel was and the intrigue and mystery around what the heck was going on to cause people to die from a simple touch. I very much enjoyed Ben Walker’s character, he was very interesting and hard nosed and I loved how good he was at his job. After finding out this is the 3rd novel featuring Ben Walker’s character, I definitely want to read the other novels featuring him as well.
What unfolds is a major search for Maeve – Ben Walker, her sister, her sister’s girlfriend, and her dad, not to mention several others are all out looking for Maeve. Who will be the one to find her? Is her life in danger if the wrong people find her first?
I also enjoyed how the novel was told from various different POV’s. Parts are told from Maeve’s POV, parts are told from her father Ted’s POV, some from her sister Rose’s POV and parts from Walker’s POV. It adds to the dynamic and intrigue of the story as it all unfolds and I loved it.
A definite must read that I recommend you add to your TBR now!
MY RATING: 4/5 stars