Lockdown by Peter May | Book Review

by Peter May 


'They said that twenty-five percent of the population would catch the flu. Between seventy and eighty percent of them would die. He had been directly exposed to it, and the odds weren't good.'A CITY IN QUARANTINE London, the epicenter of a global pandemic, is a city in lockdown.

Violence and civil disorder simmer. Martial law has been imposed. No-one is safe from the deadly virus that has already claimed thousands of victims.

Health and emergency services are overwhelmed. A MURDERED CHILD At a building site for a temporary hospital, construction workers find a bag containing the rendered bones of a murdered child. A remorseless killer has been unleashed on the city; his mission is to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified.

A POWERFUL CONSPIRACY D.I. Jack MacNeil, counting down the hours on his final day with the Met, is sent to investigate. His career is in ruins, his marriage over and his own family touched by the virus.

Sinister forces are tracking his every move, prepared to kill again to conceal the truth. Which will stop him first - the virus or the killers?Written over fifteen years ago, this prescient, suspenseful thriller is set against a backdrop of a capital city in quarantine, and explores human experience in the grip of a killer virus.


Well this one had me hooked from the start, given the current situation we find ourselves in I was interested to see what the author had written! According to my research this book was originally written pre-pandemic and publishers turned it down for being 'unrealistic' though once our real life pandemic hit publishers were more than happy to put it to print! 

The pace was good and the characters came to life, I really enjoyed the story throughout; until the end that is. There were a few parts of the story that left me feeling frustrated as i felt the author could have done better, especially the ending but overall it was a good read. I obviously found myself comparing parts of the story to life now, some things are scarily similar where most are different. 

If you are looking for a book themed around our current pandemic situation then this is the book for you, if you enjoy crime and mystery then this too will be a good book for you. 


4 out of 5 stars (maybe even 3.5, because of the ending) 

Book available to purchase here at Betty's Books