The premise of the book is that on the same day, four separate planes crash within hours of each other across four areas of the world. That is interesting in itself isn't it. but then the crashes are so horrific no one survives, except three young children with minor to no injuries whatsoever.Hmm..more interesting.
The novel is made up of interviews with different people involved in 'Black Thursday' to try to piece together what happened that day and why the children survived. This involves many theories about the crashes and the children that survived including alien theories, religious theories and end of the world rapture. Sounds familiar doesn't it! The book also makes use of Skype conversations, interviews and reports and does a good job of showing how media obsession and intrusion can have dire consequences.
Not quite a horror
Whilst the book is hailed as a modern horror, I have to say that whilst I did find certain parts of the book creepy, especially those involving the children, overall I wouldn't say it is a horror rather a thriller with a few scary bits thrown in.It is a really interesting read and I was constantly trying to work out what had happened, which theory to believe and by the end of the book I was still unsure. There is talk of a sequel to this which I will hopefully explain more about what happened, why the planes crashed and if the children really were aliens/monsters.ghosts etc
Overall I would definitely recommend this book as it is an intriguing story, although if you are scared of flying, be warned, it might put your off flying in the near future. The creepy parts may haunt you in your sleep, but overall it isn't a full on horror story. I wasn't happy with the ending as it still left so many questions, but hopefully the sequel should answer some of those. This does annoy me though, even if a book is part of a trilogy I still expect a good ending which answers at least a few of the questions raised in the novel. Still, a very interesting, well written, creepy thriller/horror that will leave you thinking over and over what really did happen to those four planes on `Black Thursday?