All the Little Children

Jo Furniss. Lake Union, $14.95 trade paper (354p) ISBN 978-1-5420-4568-1
Furniss’s first novel, a slow-burning apocalyptic thriller, doesn’t pull any punches. Englishwoman Marlene Greene, who owns a factory in China, and her sister-in-law, Joni, have taken their kids on a weekend camping trip in Shropshire as a bonding experience, but also so Marlene’s husband can move out without upsetting the children. While on a quick jaunt into an unnamed village to pick up supplies, Marlene makes the startling discovery that something has killed the village’s residents. Despite a lack of a cell phone signal, she’s able to learn that whatever killed these people isn’t restricted to Shropshire, but may involve the whole of the U.K. Furniss does a fine job of portraying the campers’ desperate situation as Marlene, Joni, and their kids try to reach safety. Tragedies only add to the escalating tension, which helps highlight the quiet moments sprinkled throughout. The flawed characters, both child and adult, demonstrate strength and resilience. An abrupt ending might frustrate some readers, but hopefully a sequel is forthcoming. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne & Miller Literary Assoc. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/24/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
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