Tuesday 31 October 2017

Fever by Deon Meyer

For those of you who haven't yet experienced the joy of a Deon Meyer novel, here's a warning - maybe you shouldn't start with this one.

Fever is set in South Africa in the aftermath of a deadly virus, and features Nico Storm, and his father, Willem.  They're driving a truck with supplies, and there are dangers from every side - the biker gangs, the desperate souls who need them and the life they promise, and even their friends. Because in a fight for survival, can friends also become commodities, traded to the highest bidders?

They gather wonderfully interesting characters - "starting with Melinda Swanevelder, whom they rescue from brutal thugs; Hennie Fly, with his vital Cessna plane; Beryl Fortuin and her ragtag group of orphans; and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand, whom Nico immediately recognizes as someone you want on your side. And then Sofia Bergman arrives, the most beautiful girl Nico has ever seen, who changes everything."

It’s like I woke up from a dream and discovered Deon Meyer stepping outside his comfort zone of detective Benny Griesel  - is he up to solve this one, or will he get lost in the fog of his own depression and drinking -  to write a futuristic thriller set in the beautiful South African landscape. 

It’s bold, and paints a canvas across the beautiful Karoo. You can smell the dust, hear the rushing river, and feel the searing heat, wondering if your water will last until you reach the next ghost town. 

And maybe that's why your first impression of Deon Meyer should be an amazing Benny Griesel whodunnit. Because, I fear, going back to that jaded broken well-loved cop will not be the same after having read this.

5 stars

ISBN: 9781473614444

You may also enjoy Why you were taken by JT Lawrence, or Icarus by Deon Meyer. And if you haven't read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood yet, what are you waiting for?

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