by Val McDermid
This book is something new and different for one of my favorite authors. She has broken barriers before, as for instance, with her Lindsay Gordon mysteries which may have been the first to have a lesbian sleuth. Many love her Tony HIll and Carol Jordan mysteries, while I am a huge fan of the Karen Pirie novels and stand alones including A Place of Execution and The Vanishing Point. Now, Ms. McDermid is publishing her first graphic novel.
The story is about a reporter and her friends (and their food truck) who go to a music festival (kind of like Glastonbury). But, something goes horribly wrong, as many people become ill and others try to figure out how this has happened and what it means. To me, the subtext is definitely Covid.
I really wanted to like this darkly illustrated story, but I did not find that it sufficiently drew me in. That said, maybe it was just me, as Val McDermid is an extraordinary writer.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.