It’s 2053 and climate change has left billions homeless and starving – easy prey for the pandemics that sweep across the globe, scything through the refugee populations. Easy prey, too, for the violent gangs and people-smugglers who thrive in the crumbling world where ‘King Death’ reigns supreme.
Adam Nevill excels at making nightmares real. His previous novels have been out-and-out horror, stories of hauntings and occult phenomena peopled by fully realised, three-dimensional characters. Lost Girl (Pan, £7.99) explores new territory and combines two hellish scenarios: the effects of climate change on society, and every parent’s nightmare of having their child abducted. The year is 2053 and the world’s population is suffering the onslaught of global warming: drought and famine push millions towards Europe; nations teeter on the edge of nuclear conflict; and Britain is rapidly failing, with the haves barricaded in gated communities and the have-nots at the mercy of criminal gangs. Amid the chaos, a four-year-old girl is abducted while playing in her garden, and what follows is the harrowing, relentless quest of her father.
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How far will he go to save his daughter? How far will he go to get revenge?
It's 2053 and climate change has left billions homeless and starving - easy prey for the pandemics that sweep across the globe, scything through the refugee populations. Easy prey, too, for the violent gangs and people-smugglers who thrive in the crumbling world where 'King Death' reigns supreme.
The father's world went to hell two years ago. His four-year-old daughter was snatched from his garden when he should have been watching. The moments before her disappearance play in a perpetual loop in his mind. But the police aren't interested; amidst floods, hurricanes and global chaos, who cares about one more missing child? Now it's all down to him to find her, him alone . . .