Book Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs

I said a while ago that I don’t generally read YA books. Having said that, however, I find myself reading quite a few lately! The reason I read Virals is that it’s by one of my favourite authors, Kathy Reichs. I love her Temperence Brennan books, so when I saw a book I wasn’t aware of I bought it and then was surprised to see it wasn’t about Tempe Brennan, but her previously unknown Great-Niece, Victoria (Tory) Brennan, a 16-year-old wunderkind and archaeology enthusiast.

The story begins when Tory, now living with the father who never knew about her until her mother’s death, and her school friends uncover a mystery about a girl who has been missing for 30 years. While investigating on a University-owned island they are infected by a mutated canine virus which seems to give them strange powers, helping them to solve the mystery.

Although written with a younger voice than the Tempe Brennan books, Virals is just as gripping a tale as any in the previous series. The characters, including Tory, are engaging and intelligent kids who love a mystery. They live in a fairly remote community of University academics so seem to attract trouble!

Virals was a really quick and enjoyable read and the plot unfolded well and at the right pace to lead you to the conclusion – I certainly didn’t suspect the end until I rocked up there. As far as I know, this book is the first in a forthcoming series of YA novels featuring Tory Brennan and based on Virals, I’ll be adding those to my library!

Virals is available from Amazon (sponsored) in both YA and adult cover designs and you can find out more about Kathy Reichs and her books at

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