About the Book
‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’
Year 2024. New social networking site Private Life bursts onto the scene. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.
A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made – and that Private Life might not be as private as it claims.
Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.
As the country descends into chaos, there are scores to be settled further north….
What I thought
Despite the fact that Terry Tyler has self published eighteen books and I have followed her on Twitter for some time now, this is the first of her books that I have read. I bought the book back in October last year and started reading it. I got as far as the first couple of chapters and was enjoying it but then a book I’d ordered from the library came along, and then along came Netgalley and that was as far as I got.
I picked it back up this month and finished it. It was so good. I don’t often read these kind of books but the description appealed to me especially after I’d read a similar post-apocalyptic book All the Little Children by Jo Furniss. A similar start to the book with a virus killing off much of the population but Jo Furniss’s book was more intense with less characters and some very gruesome aspects to it.
However we’re talking about Tipping Point here so on with my thoughts.
The beginning of the book had me hooked. Vicky Keating lives with her boyfriend Dex and her teenage daughter Lottie in the fictional town of Shipden on the Norfolk coast. Dex isn’t Lottie’s Dad and he is older than Vicky. Vicky is happy with Dex in their dream home by the sea. Dex is a bit of a conspiracy theorist and Vicky tends to humour him with respect to his beliefs. She tends not to take his theories all that seriously and generally leaves him to get on with his online group of friends called Unicorn.
I must admit I am perhaps a bit of a conspiracy theorist myself, especially where social media is concerned and found some of the information Unicorn were discovering as very believable. So much so that I found the whole story quite alarming to say its set only 5 years from now.
The story moves around to different characters in the book. As well as Vicky and her daughter we also hear from other characters who work in secret locations packing and sending out the vaccinations for the virus. At first they’re told the virus has been contained and only a handful of victims have contracted the disease. However it soon becomes apparent that things are serious when Shipden is effectively sealed off and movement restricted with the army ensuring order.
Soon there are reports of looting and order breaking down. Vicky and her daughter decide its time to get out of Shipden while they still can. Thanks to Dex’s inside information through the Unicorn Group he had managed to obtain the vaccine against the virus so they were amongst only a few of remaining survivors.
It’s a really interesting observation of how quickly social order breaks down. It’s soon every man for himself. Vicky and Lottie soon find that being out on the road can be a very dangerous place to be. No one can be trusted and they need their wits about them at all times.
The book really keeps you interested all the way through. Vicky and her daughter are likeable people. At times its Lottie who’s encouraging her mum to take chances and sees it as quite an adventure.
There are four books in this series. I will be reading the next one, I just hope I don’t leave it too long. There are characters in this book that come and go and aren’t in it all the way through. If I leave things too long I’ll have forgotten who they were. I guarantee if you read this book and enjoy it you will want to read the next one.
The key thing with this story is it’s all very believable and realistic, which to be honest is a bit of a worry. If the next big thing to supersede Facebook comes along, I for one will be avoiding it like the plague 😨
♥ Happy Reading ♥
This book is available on Amazon Kindle along with the other three in the series.