Publisher: Macmillan

Leon, Grace and their mother are preoccupied with trying to build a new life in the UK. But when a deadly plague hits the headlines and - shortly afterwards - the streets of London, they run for their lives like the rest of the population.

The virus kills within minutes, spreads across the world within a few days and dissolves all but the bones, teeth and hair of its victims. In most scenarios, any survivors would be described as lucky - but when the enemy is invisible, intelligent and evolving exponentially, surviving may literally be a fate worse than death.

The theme of survival in a post-apocalyptic world is a familiar one but the twists in this story, which is packed with contemporary detail and just enough real science to validate it, make it so close to convincing that even cynical readers may be unnerved. First of a new series.

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