Saturday 11 July 2020

The Waiting Rooms - Eve Smith || Blog Tours

Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything.

Because Kate is not the only secret that her birth mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. Sweeping from an all-too-real modern world to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away

Ever read something so chilling that you can't bare to pick it up, but so addictive that you have to know whats next? Well - if you haven't ever experienced that - Pick up The Waiting Rooms now!

Honestly, this book was a stand out for me. Its so scary because i feel like we are moments away from experiencing something like this, especially with society the way it is at present.

After years of drug resistance, we are now facing a crisis, a simple scratch could kill, a small cold could be deadly and because of the limit of actual treatments - anyone over the age of 70 is sent to hospitals that are nicknamed The Waiting Rooms. We travel both before and after the crisis. Years after the crisis, we meet Kate who is seeking her birth mother, the only information she has is a name. What a name it is as well. As she starts to discover more about her mother, we also learn a lot about Kate, Mary & Lily. Mary is the focus of before the crisis really and Lily is nearing her 70th birthday were everything will change for her, because if she gets ill - she will likely die.

I loved the way this unravelled with past and future, with new clippings interspersed between the story. I found my heart racing, i was panicked, worried, thrilled. The Waiting Rooms is just such a reading experience unlike any other. The characters were bold, strong and passionate in a society not too dissimilar to ours. I found the settings were so vivid and the descriptions throughout were so intricate that as a reader you were picturing everything unfolding before you. I won't tell you too much more but lets just say, the characters have their own history's and its worth sticking around to discover them.

I was gifted a paperback for the blog tour but i urge you to pick this up!

Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills.
Eve’s flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues.
Eve recently contributed a piece of flash fiction, Belting Up, to an anthology of crime shorts called Noir From the Bar. The collection of stories has been launched to raise money for the NHS.
Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband.
When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, attempting to organise herself and her family or off exploring somewhere new.
Follow Eve: @evecsmith on Twitter &
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