The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Cover of The Rain by Virginia BerginBlurb:

It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Review by Katy Haye

I’m a sucker for a good concept and The Rain’s is fabulous: killer rain from space. I was hooked from the moment I read the blurb, really.

It’s a first-person narrative and if you’ve got to spend the end of the world with someone, Ruby Morris was entertaining and lively enough to be good company.

I enjoyed how varied the book was – there were moments of creepy horror when I wondered if I should be reading at night in the house on my own, which contrasted with laugh out loud incidents (listening to The Carpenters’, ‘On Top of the World’ with killer rain drumming down outside is an image that will stay with me a long time).

As we neared the end I grew uneasy again. I liked Ruby and I wanted a happy ending, but I didn’t want anything too pat. I think Bergin call it just right – and I went straight back out and bought the follow-up.

The only thing that jarred for me was that no animals (apart from humans) were affected by the killer bugs. I’m no biologist, but we share so much DNA with every other animal on the planet that I couldn’t quite believe that could be true. I could allow the birds, but I did think it would be more plausible if other mammals were also affected. Sorry, Ruby, but I thought the dogs had to go…

But my science is very shaky and that’s a small, pedantic niggle. Overall The Rain was fabulous and I can’t wait to read her next – 4 out of 5 piranhas.

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3 Responses to The Rain by Virginia Bergin

  1. Virginia came to do a talk at Cambridge Writers so I was lucky to hear her speak… definitely would love to read her books… thanks for the review..

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