Synopsis: Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it’s suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It’s no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It’s a deadly virus. And it’s spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing second-hand clothes. Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force? The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus, before they are all infected…
I do like a book with an out there plot and you don’t get much more insane than cannibalistic possessed second hand clothing! I’m not I know how to even start with reviewing this one. I did enjoy it but I’m not sure if it would be one for everyone. I repeat possessed charity shop clothes that make you want to eat people….
It does build really well. It starts with detectives looking into a young Muslim girls’ death after pouring acid over herself. Is it a honour killing or something more? It ends with these creepy clothes being able to attack without the need to be worn. The army is called in to help.
The characterisation isn’t great. There’s not much growth for the 2 main detectives but then they’re too busy having fights with haunted coats. Yes I did just type that sentence…
I also didn’t feel the need for romance or the implied romance if the situation was different. You really don’t need it in this scenario and it added nothing to the overall story. Neither did the rather bonkers reasoning. No the reasoning made sense, the guy who suddenly declared himself the clothing messiah didn’t.
Bringing in the army did seem a tad silly, especially when the detectives worked out how to stop the clothing from taking over. I guess that was there to show the escalation of what was happening.
Overall abandon all your ideas of a traditional horror story and what may be normal/not normal. In fact abandon everything you think about stories and read with one eyebrow firmly raised. It’s definitely one to polarise the reader.