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First-time author Simon Law set the story where he lives, in Crawley, Sussex, England, where he is a finance executive. Crawley was once a small town near London, but has expanded considerably. The latter sections of the book are set in Brighton, where Law spent his summer vacations. He is inspired by people who show courage and determination to overcome their obstacles, and appreciates the writing of Stephen King and Richard Laymon.
What makes this such a gripping read is that although it is a book of science fiction it is not so far from reality as to send a chill down the readers bones. Set in real towns in the not too distant future, this is a book that should make us question how we treat each other and our planet in the here and now. A great mixture of science fiction, horror and ecological questioning make for a great debut novel.