Still Life by Isobel Hart
Publisher - Livi Shaw Solutions
Price - £8.99 paperback
Published - Out Now
I thank the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
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 as 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 soon 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.
Samantha David and her boyfriend are in an argument over his infidelity at a wedding when a car crash in a mysterious fog changes their lives. Both injured Edwards appears to die but then comes back…actually a nicer and more affectionate man than before. However, Samantha starts noticing his controlling behaviour and others at his hospital out patients support group appear to have their own plans in motion. This sets up a global conspiracy theory with a huge element of romance.
The first half of the novel I think is quite interesting as I think Samantha initially comes across as very realistic character trying to work out what happened to the man she once loved and who appears even better than he was before. Several small mysteries are set up and as a group of men who all nearly dies that day appears to find each other and start working together there is a sense of tension towards something building up. Samantha finds Edwards have a darker agenda and are prepared to kill to preserve their secrets as he focuses on her getting married and having children. Added in the mix is a very charming hospital Doctor Elliot who Samantha confides in and has an obvious chemistry with.
Unfortunately, the second half of the novels falls apart as Samantha ends up captured and a previously engaging character seems to lose all agency and has to wait on others to save her be it Elliot out in the world trying to convince others of a revolution and Edwards who seems unusually attached to Samantha and willing to cross methods of the group to keep her to himself. The group in many ways appears a group of MRA activists but the themes get muddied in favour of the way Samantha becomes so desirable to the group.
Overall a less than satisfying reading experience and I don’t think I will be willing to read any more as to where Samantha’s fight to save the world goes.