Child Zero by Chris Holm
Author: Chris Holm
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
No. of Pages: 353
Date of Publication: 10 May, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Jake and Amy? Is the author a Brooklyn Nine-Nine fan? (true or not, at any rate, it’s what I’m choosing to believe)
I really don’t like sci-fi as a rule - I despise Star Trek and Star Wars, I don’t like superhero movies (although I guess those could/should be more classified as fantasy / action), I’m not watching Dune for any other reason then that I like spending time with my family, all of whom are sci-fi appreciators. I’m in my 40’s and I’ve lived this long without gaining an appreciation for Bladerunner, much to my husband’s dismay. It can therefore come as no surprise that my sci-fi books-read-over-the-course-of-my-life list has maybe two or three titles on it. But the synopsis for this was just so intriguing that I bit and I'm really glad that I did (wow, I didn’t see this happening).
Despite the serious nature of this book (which is a seriously terrifying prospect), this well-plotted story was such an enjoyable (albeit frightening) read.
Given my review’s opening, it also can’t come as a shock that this is my first book by the author. I liked my time reading this story so much that I do plan on looking at the author’s other works.
eARC kindly provided by Mulholland Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
Detective Jacob Gibson, who lost his wife in the 8/17 attack, is home caring for his sick daughter when his partner summons him to a sprawling shantytown in Central Park, the apparent site of a mass murder. Jake is startled to discover that, despite a life of abject squalor, the victims died in perfect health—and his only hope of finding answers is a twelve-year-old boy on the run from some very dangerous men.