Virals by Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs, the writer of the TV show Bones, enters the YA arena with the first book in a new series. Tory Brennan has recently moved in with the father she has never known, after her mother was killed by a drunken driver. They live on a remote island off the South Carolina coast, which is owned by the university for which her scientist dad works. She and her three best friends, all science geeks, are out exploring a “deserted” building in the university compound, when they discover a caged wolf-dog pup, who they learn by reading the cage’s tags has been exposed to a form of Parvovirus. While trying to solve the mystery of the virus exposure, since the university is opposed to animal testing, they run into a cold case murder mystery, dating back from the Vietnam War era. Although Tory knows humans are immune to the Parvovirus, their rescued pup has been infected with an experimental strain, which they learn has very unexpected effects on the four of them—heightened senses and super human strength and speed. The group quickly becomes the target of some killers, while their virus and murder mysteries begin to unravel themselves and make sense.
Readers looking for a fast-paced, action-packed suspense story will love this book. Reichs brings her own knowledge of forensic science into the story, making it the perfect choice for fans of her TV show Bones, the CSI series and other police procedurals.