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Chilling page turner

books Updated: Dec 10, 2009 20:14 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times
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The Strain


Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan


Harper Collins


Rs 250

A plane lands at the JFK airpot and dies. No crash, no technical error and no terror. It just dies, exactly like all its passengers — without any cause. When you read the name Guillermo del Toro (director of

Pan’s Labyrinth



) on the cover of a book, you’re hooked already. Co-written with Chuck Hogan, the story starts in World War struck Germany as Abraham Setrakian’s grandmother narrates the story of the monster Jusef Sardu… Cut to present day, post 9/11 New York as Dr Ephrain Goodwether is caught looking for a virus strain that defies everything he knows.

The first 80-odd pages of the book are bone chilling. Until you start piecing together what the “evil” is. Eventually the plot becomes a series of cliffhangers, more suited for Hollywood. Hogan and del Toro manage to make an impressionable foray into the world of vampires. It’s the start of a trilogy that will surely keep you hooked.