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Showing all books by: Louise Welsh

A Lovely Way to Burn
A killer virus spreads around the world, just as Stevie discovers the corpse of her dead boyfriend in his flat. But although it seems he was not killed by the virus the police are too busy trying to maintain order as society breaks down to investigate her suspicions. So Stevie investigates it herself, tracking down his childhood friends (now his paediatric doctor colleagues) while death and chaos reign all around.
Good thriller, very page-turnish - in fact read in just one day! First of a trilogy, will have to read the next two...
Score: 8
Published: 2014
Read: July 24th 2017

Death is a Welcome Guest
Part 2 of The Plague Times trilogy. Magnus is a second rate Scots comedian who has just got his big break playing warm-up to a household name for a gig at the O2. But even as he travels to the arena people are dropping dead of the Sweats, and his life gets turned even more upside down when he is put in Pentonville prison under emergency measures just for trying to help a girl being attacked in a dark alley. However he makes his escape along with a fellow inmate with his own dodgy past and they attempt to travel north as Magnus is keen to see if his family on Orkney are still alive. They get roped into helping a survivor group trying to make a living from the land but darker forces are at work in the little community and a series of mysterious deaths puts the ex-prisoners top of the list of suspects. Magnus eventually gets to Orkney, only to meet Stevie from the first book!
Not as gripping as the first one, the characters not as compelling I think. All the to-ing and fro-ing over the deaths/suicides/murders at the farm got a bit tedious. Still, the ending made me want to read #3. Not sure it is published yet...
Score: 7.5
Published: 2015
Read: July 28th 2017

No Dominion
Third installment of The Plague trilogy. A small group of plague survivors are struggling to build a community on Orkney but some of their children/teenagers are spirited away by visitors to the mainland and a rescue team, consisting of Magnus and Stevie (from the previous two books) has to be sent to Glasgow to retrieve them. Violence, murder, illness, crazy religion, capture and survival ensue.
OK I guess, had to finish the story.
Score: 7
Published: 2017
Read: August 10th 2017