How far would you go to protect your family?
Ann Brooks never thought shed 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 tryingand failingto 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 Americas heartland.
And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.
As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return homewith 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.
Carla Buckleys poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.
Peter wedged his jacket into the hall closet beside the girls coats, their cheerful colors standing out against the tan of his jacket and the sober maroon of Anns coat, the same one shed had for years. Boots stood on the floor belowMaddies mauve leopard print, Anns stubby brown ones, and a sleek black pair with designs stitched into the leather with white thread. Kates, probably. Shed always loved cowboy boots. He remembered her first pair, a bright cherry color, that she loved so much she insisted on wearing them everywhere, to the store, on playdates, even to bed. After shed fallen asleep, either he or Ann would tiptoe in and gently ease the boots off her feet. But then, sure enough, the next morning shed appear in the kitchen doorway, yawning, still in her nightgown and wearing those boots. How old had she been, two? Maybe three. Shed cried so when she finally outgrew them and Ann couldnt find a ...
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