Title: The Invisible Choker
Author: E.M.G. Wixley
Marnie is born into a world battling the Invisible Choker. As the disease scythes down adults and the vulnerable, Marnie is abandoned to a lonely existence. Her only companion is Shadow who frequently leads her astray and out of sight of any authority. On one adventure they come to a deserted house, a time capsule of lost lives where they soon discover a world-changing secret hidden within its walls.
As an adult, surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, Marnie now a virologist, dreams of discovering a cure-all which would wipe viruses from the planet. At the same time, she wrestles with her childhood demons and attempts to adapt to the new world of human relationships. However, the occurrence of many disturbing events threatens to sabotage her efforts and derail her from her life’s plans.
Early one morning her world is turned upside down. Resting on the doorstep of a sweatshop is a young man, an outsider, a hostile derelict who lives on the towns dump. Their eyes lock and their lives crash together.
The first apocalypse is bad enough but what follows is far more sinister.
This book was written during my time in lockdown and was influenced by current events. It is, however, a work of fiction.
What’s worse than one apocalypse? Two!
The world in which Marnie lives is similar to society in modern-day 2020. There’s a virus running rampant and those who choose to not isolate will almost definitely catch it. Marnie is lonely with the exception of her companion Shadow who leads her to an abandoned house. It’s there that she finds something and can’t decide if the discovery will make things better or worse.
I’ve read a few of E.M.G. Wixley’s books in the past and they’re always hardhitting with suspenseful plots and realistic characters. They’re not always easy to like, and I think that’s part of what makes them seem to real. They live in a way that makes for interesting storytelling.
The way the paranormal is blended so seamlessly with reality makes it even more immersive.
If you’re looking for something a little different, this will whet your appetite.