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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The possibility of a virus exterminating most of the world's population is chillingly portrayed in the spellbinding suspense novel Silent Reaping by P.D. Platt. On his way to work, Solomon Parrish is unnerved by the noticeable absence of people and traffic. Alarmed, Solomon races home. When he pulls up into his driveway, Solomon is shocked to find his six-year-old daughter Emily outside weeping. His wife is still in bed, but her body is cold. Unable to reach the emergency services, Solomon and Emily are left to deal with her remains on their own. Turning on the television, Solomon finds the emergency broadcasting system is activated. The public is informed that overnight a suspected deadly virus has infected and killed more than eighty percent of the world's population. Being warned to stay inside and avoid contact, Solomon prepares their home for the worst. Remembering how distraught Emily was when she found her mother, Solomon sets out to see if there are others needing help. How many more people are out there like them? How will they survive in this new apocalyptic world?
In our present global climate, the idea of waking up and finding the majority of civilization dead is a horrifying one and well portrayed in the dramatic novel, Silent Reaping by P.D Platt. Realistically disturbing incidents unfold within the storyline, creating an intricate and spine-tingling plot. It moves along at a good pace, building to a disconcerting climax, and comes to a satisfying conclusion. It is an outstanding depiction of how ordinary characters prevail in trying circumstances. I recommend Silent Reaping to those who enjoy suspenseful Extinction Level Event novels where everyday people become heroes.