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When the Q47cx pandemic breaks out, Dr. Alton (Al) McGuire and his wife Marnie are an elderly couple who take many precautions to protect their health. However, this is not enough, and Marnie falls ill because she is infected at the supermarket. Unfortunately, she does not survive. Desperate, her husband cannot accept that he has lost her and tries to find out how Marnie got infected. When Al discovers how it happened, he decides to take revenge. What is Al planning? Eric A. Yancy will tell you about it in the novel Cottonmouth.
Cottonmouth is a book that makes a strong impression on readers, especially given the setting. You cannot fail to notice the similarity between the pandemic Al is facing and the one we have recently experienced. In particular, the use of masks for protection (and the controversies related to them) is one of the topics that is most often found in the plot and is among the accusations that Al directs at those he believes responsible for the illness and death of his wife. Overall, Cottonmouth is a well-written book, and Yancy allows the reader to witness every action and thoughts of his characters. In addition to Al and Marnie, the other protagonist is Lillian, who they treat as a daughter and will find out what Al is doing. It is intriguing to follow the three of them to the end. Cottonmouth is a book that I recommend to readers passionate about stories that can be sad and even tragic but that are very well told.