Tess Oliver's Memory is a Killer.
When the lead that could save her law practice is destroyed in a suspicious fire, only her recollection of it remains. Tess can relive memories, but her gift comes at a cost. The last time she used it, she nearly died.
This time, she only takes a peek. A single moment spent in her memory of the defendant's encoded document gives her a brutal migraine and a phone number.
Luke Broussard answers her call from the wreckage of a downed plane. His charter passenger is dead. A mutated virus seeps from the man's broken cargo. And when rescuers take Luke to an Atlanta hospital, the virus comes with him.
Tess follows her lead to Luke and finds an instant connection. As they run from a psychopath who'll stop at nothing to retrieve the document, the city falls apart around them. The code hidden in Tess's mind may be the only thing that can keep the outbreak contained, but using her gift to decipher it could kill her. If the virus -- or whoever engineered it -- doesn't get to her first.
“Filled with compelling characters fighting not only for their lives, but humanity itself, you won’t be able to put it down.”
—Jeffrey Jay Levin, author of Watching, Volume 1, The Garden Museum Heist
“The Carolina Variant is a taut thriller that terrifies with a too damned frightenedly plausible story about what happens when a deadly virus escapes. It’s the kind of book that makes you afraid to turn the page, but you will. You definitely will.”
—Christopher Amato, author of Shadow Investigation and A Letter from Sicily
"What a ride! The Carolina Variant is Blake Crouch’s Upgrade with the pacing of Fox’s 24."
--Cam Torrens, author of STABLE
Brooke French lives with her husband and sons between Atlanta and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She spends most of her days gleefully researching and writing about fatal viruses, terrorism, and murder.
Brooke is likely on numerous watch lists.
Brooke got her undergraduate degree in English from Emory University, followed by a law degree, which, after many long and sometimes fulfilling years of practice, she mainly uses now as a coaster for the cup of coffee she puts down only to type.
Brooke's debut novel Inhuman Acts is available from Amazon (https://amazon.com/Inhuman-Acts-Brooke-L-French/dp/1685130356), Barnes & Noble, Target, and other major retailers. Brooke's next thriller, The Carolina Variant, will be published by Black Rose Writing in June of 2023, and she is already hard at work on the second in the Inhuman series. Fingers-crossed, Letty Duquesne will be back for another adventure in 2024. For details, sneak peeks, and updates on these and Brooke's other projects, please add yourself to our email list by scrolling down or following the link below.