An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson – Book Review


The atmosphere in the lab is toxic. It is only a matter of time before there is a flu pandemic with the potential to kill billions. Or so wealthy entrepreneur Lyle Lynstrum believes. That is why he is funding research into transgenics – the mechanism by which viruses can jump the species barrier – at a high security lab on a tidal island off the North Devon coast.

A suspiciously rapid turnover of staff has him worried. He sends in scientist Katie Flanagan as an undercover lab technician. Something is clearly very wrong, but before Katie can get to the bottom of what is going on, a colleague is struck down by a mysterious illness. Has the safety of the facility been compromised, allowing a deadly virus to escape? Katie begins to suspect that the scientists are as deadly as the diseases – and that her cover has been blown. Then the island is cut off by high seas and a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse begins.



Katie has returned to the UK after many months on a project in Antarctica. She is looking for a job, when a friend mentions problems at a research facility, Debussy Point. So she goes to work there under a new identity to see what she can find out.

But then a colleague contracts ‘flu……or is it something else?

There’s a lot of details into how a research facility operates, which I found fascinating and disturbing at the same time…..just what is floating around in these places?

This is a thriller, but that really doesn’t give it credit. This is the tale of what could happen, if something escaped or was purposely let out…a potential pandemic? Or just a clever murder?

Can Katie find the culprit?

Gripping and scarily realistic…..I read this in one sitting. Great characters and a clever, believable plot, what more could you ask for. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.




Christine Poulson was born and brought up in North Yorkshire, England. She is now a research fellow at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Sheffield University and chair of the William Morris Society. She has written widely on 19th-century art and literature, and her most recent work of non-fiction was a book on Arthurian legend in British art from 1840 to 1920. She lives with her family in a water mill in Derbyshire, England. 

7 responses to “An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson – Book Review”

  1. Sounds good. Great review ❤️

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  2. Sound really interesting. Great review as usual 😊😉

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  3. I am intrigued, will look out for the book.

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    1. It’s very good….clever and a bit scary in its plausibility

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      1. Oh my, now I’m even more intrigued!

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  4. Good readiing your post

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