#Blogtour The Hunt and The Kill by Holly Watt @holly_watt @BloomsburyRaven @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #TheHuntAndTheKill

Raven July 8th 2021

The Blurb

When acclaimed undercover journalist Casey Benedict is asked to interview a young woman with cystic fibrosis, the patient’s doctor alerts her to the looming threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, tipping her off about a potential new wonder drug. If the rumours are true, this new antibiotic could save millions of lives, but no one wants to admit that the drug even exists.

As Casey investigates, she follows the trail from the Maldives to a game reserve in Zimbabwe, using her undercover skills to probe the truth and find out why the discovery of this new drug is being covered-up. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Casey suspects that someone is trying to silence her, but she is not prepared to let the story drop, no matter how much danger she – or those she loves most – are put in.

A searing, page-turning, pulse-racing thriller that sees Casey on a hunt around the globe as she pursues a major exposé into pioneering medical research and drugs that could change the world.

My Review

I work in a GP practice and the number of calls we receive asking for antibiotics is huge, many patients see it as a magic wand, the cure for everything. Do they actually realise that antibiotic resistance will one day become a real issue, that the less we prescribe the more chance we have of staving off that day? I had some knowledge but Watt truly opened my eyes.

What she wrote was utterly fascinating, the science narrated in such a way that I understood the complexities, entwined within a novel that zigzagged across the world.

Watt threw journalist Casey into the melee, a woman who once onto a story never gave up as she uncovered corruption and murder. Who knew a seemingly straightforward interview with a cystic fibrosis patient would send her zigzagging across the world, or the personal cost to herself.

Watt didn’t let us take breath for one second, the litany of clues, of twists and turns never ending, until finally in South Africa the pieces slowly began to fall into place.

And what an Africa Watt painted, the heat, the wealth and the poverty. Antibiotics sold on the open market, hospitals that struggled to save the tiniest of babies. Casey defied her bosses stayed firmly on the trail, took risks that had you biting your nails as you wondered if she would actually emerge alive.

What she uncovered was truly shocking and whilst Watt may have used dramatic licence her afterword made it very clear that much of what she wrote was based on fact.

The selfishness of pharmaceutical company owner, Elias Bailey was astounding even if Watt did attempt to give him a redeeming feature. I still could not find empathy or sympathy.

As for Casey, Watt gave us not only a determined tenacious journalist but a woman sent to the edge who managed to find inner strength and a bravery to defy the odds. I cannot wait to see what Watt has in store for her next.

I would like to thank Raven for a copy of The Hunt and The Kill to read and review and to Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

As an investigative journalist, Holly Watt worked on MPs Expenses and the Panama Papers. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. She lives in London.

Follow on Twitter @holly_watt

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