Title: Still Life
Author: Isobel Hart
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Dystopian
Release Date: May 28, 2018
Cover Designer: Patrick Knowles
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
A woman must discover the meaning behind a new virus affecting men before there are too many infected for them to be stopped.
When Samantha Davis and her boyfriend are involved in an accident, on the same day a new virus is identified, his recovery appears to be a miracle. Until he turns on her.
Determined to understand the changes in him, Sam joins with others to uncover more about the virus. But the knowledge they gather poses a threat. The infected men want to stop them. And soon.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, Sam prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself caught between two worlds; still caring for the man she once loved, as her affections grow for another, while fearing for her life and the lives of all women. As the net closes in on her, she must decide whose life is more important.
For twenty minutes, Brenda and I could do nothing but stare at one another in horror. Then the commotion stopped, its absence even more terrifying: “Time of death, two twenty-seven.”
Brenda clasped a hand to her mouth and moaned.
I couldn’t speak, couldn’t think. Instead, I pushed myself into the doorway in time to see a nurse reach towards the heart monitor. Renewed sounds of bleeps halted her hand in mid-air. Heads swivelled round. No one moved, as if waiting for the monitor to stop a second time. When it didn’t, pandemonium broke out again.
Twenty minutes later, Dr Harvey stumbled into the hallway, his ashen face covered in a sheen of sweat. “He’s stable again . . . for now.”
Samantha Davis has had enough of her cheating boyfriend, Edward. They have been together for two years, but recently the relationship has slowly been declining. The last straw was catching him with another woman at a wedding they were both attending. On the drive home from said wedding, a heavy pink fog made driving difficult and eventually caused Samantha and Edward to be involved in an accident. While Samantha had nothing more than some bruises and a broken leg, Edward’s life hung in the balance. Rushed into emergency surgery, doctors were convinced he would not make it out alive. Imagine everyone’s shock when Edward pulls through and miraculously recovers.
Samantha feels guilty about the accident and ever since his surgery, Edward has been acting like a changed man doting over Samantha. Their passion is reignited, but little by little Samantha notices signs that Edward is not acting right. He is increasingly moody and has a violent streak which scares her. One such violent episode causes Samantha to flee Edward and land into the arms of Dr Elliott Harvey.
Together, Samantha and Elliott race against time to figure out why a virus in the pink fog is integrating itself into the male DNA. They are not alone though, there are others who will do everything in their power to silence both Samantha and Elliot or anyone else who gets in their way.
Still Life by Isobel Hart really surprised me. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to unfold and what direction the author would take with the story. The first few chapters really set the stage and introduced us to a virus, that according to health officials, was not dangerous. We all know how that goes, right? So, now my mind is swirling with all of these possibilities, scenarios, and reasonings behind the virus and what it was capable of. Is it Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The Walking Dead? Aliens? A cult? What is going on!? There were just too many to choose from that I was starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist. Which kind of made me giggle a bit. I am happy to say that Isobel Hart took elements of different possibilities and wrapped them all up into one neat little package. Phew! I was going crazy there for a while trying to figure it all out. I do have to say though, Isobel Hart really shows how quickly a virus can spread to the population which lent an air of realism to it even though the story is purely Science Fiction.
Samantha is a character I had a love/hate relationship with especially when it came to her cheating boyfriend, Edward. I know she felt guilty about the accident, but come on he still cheated! Girl, move on! She just came out as so wishy washy to me in the beginning. Yeah, yeah love is blind and all that, but cheating is a swift kick out the door for me. I also think Samantha and Elliot would have made better friends then trying to get involved romantically or maybe it was just the fact that I don’t think it was explored deeply enough for me/felt kind of rushed. I did really like Elliott though. He was a stand up guy and really cared for Samantha. Also, Samantha does really redeem herself as the story progresses.
The plot has a really slow build up which kept me flipping through the pages while trying to figure everything out that was going on. There was so many elements to the story that I felt gave it some originality and kept me totally engrossed. The romance aspect between Samantha and Elliot sort of lagged for me a bit, but then it picked right back up even stronger around two-thirds into the story. There are just so many things that worked for me in this story and I found myself really enjoying it. I was trying to figure out how the title would be used in the body of the story and when I noticed it, it totally made sense and really had me thinking.
Still Life is purely Science Fiction that is cleverly crafted with elements of the “what if…..” The author really hits a lot of points with a slightly dystopian feel that makes you ponder the possibilities of a changed society. Although the story does hang on a bit of a cliffhanger, you will be happy to know that the story will continue in the next book, Still Born, and I can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on it!
Born in London, Isobel Hart’s childhood was spent in the Middle East before being sent to boarding school. Suffice to say, she read a lot of books. Now based in the UK, she writes about what she knows – real English women, with flaws.
A romantic at heart, happily married for twenty years, her novels focus on relationships – good and bad – and the women at the heart of them. She is ever hopeful others will find their happy-ever-afters or Happy-For-Nows too.
To date Isobel has published four contemporary romance novels
What Goes Around Comes Around – Part 1 of Lily’s Story
Full Circle – Part 2 of Lily’s Story
Cold Comfort – Part 1 of Cold Comfort
Still Life is Isobel’s first foray into sci-fi / dystopian – but still with a hefty helping of romance.