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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carla Buckley Narrator: Abby Craden, Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How far would you go to protect your family?

Ann Brooks never thought she’d have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.

A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple trying–and failing–to keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America’s heartland.

And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.

As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return home–with his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses’ safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.

Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chilling, engrossing…I’d heartily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys suspense and exceptional writing.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Balances all-too-real terrors with genuine emotion. I read it in one sitting.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard

  • “Riveting…Crisp writing and taut pacing…could attract fans of authors as diverse as Jodi Picoult, Robin Cook, and P. D. James.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2011 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arlene Marrinan | 2/17/2014

    " This was the author's first book....I'll definitely be looking for her second! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terri | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent Book. I thought the author wrote with such clarity, I felt I was involved in each scene with this family. A thought provoking, frightening read. It made me want to go stock up on water, food and a generator, plus a few guns. This story brought to mind once again that society is really a pandemic away from a total breakdown to our systems. If you like books that scare the crap out of you with the possibilities of what could happen to our world when systems fail--you'll love this suspenseful, informative read. And I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/3/2014

    " A gripping and unputdownable novel which kept me up until the early hours and nearly made me late for work. It's the story of a family in an ordinary American suburban neighbourhood struggling to survive a pandemic of bird flu and the accompanying breakdown of civilisation in which everything we take for granted disappears. Not only is it gripping, it's scary too as the possibility of fiction like this becoming reality is all too believable. It made me want to go out to the supermarket and start stockpiling tinned goods and bottles of water! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erica | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book...scary though. "

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