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Rachel's Story by Leigh Russell

The Blurb:

In a world where food is scarce, the government rules and ordinary people only exist to serve, can there ever be happiness?

As a child, living in a post-apocalyptic world, the only person Rachel can rely on is her mother. But when her mother is killed, Rachel is initiated into The Programme where selected young girls are medicated to make them fertile.

Fearing for her future, Rachel escapes. But freedom comes at a price and Rachel must navigate through a terrifying landscape of persecution to survive.

What is on the other side of the city wall?

Will the repressive government hunt her down?

One thing is certain. Rachel’s world will never be the same again…

Discover a completely gripping dystopian saga today. Rachel's Story is the perfect read for readers of women's fiction as well as for fans of dystopian novels, such as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

About Leigh Russell:

Leigh Russell has sold over a million crime fiction novels, and writes full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe and in China, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, and reached #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her books have been optioned by major television production company Avalon Television. She chairs the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and is a Royal Literary Fellow.

Leigh writes the Lucy Hall mystery series published by Thomas and Mercer.

Find out more about Leigh on her website where news, reviews and interviews are posted, with a schedule of Leigh's appearances. You can contact Leigh via her website, where you can subscribe to her newsletter and follow her on Twitter and facebook.

My Review:

I have followed Leigh Russell's career as a crime writer from the very beginning with her first Geraldine Steel book 'Cut Short,' and the associated Ian Petersen series. The Lucy Hall books were a departure from Russell's usual style with Lucy Hall as an amateur sleuth, in foreign locations which were equally addictive. But this authors versatility stepped up to another level with her two standalone psychological thrillers 'The Adulterer's Wife' and 'Suspicion.' I must admit it was a bit of a stretch for me as a reader to opt for Leigh Russell's debut into a futuristic dystopian world because this is not really my genre of books or any other media for that matter. However, the name Leigh Russell was enough to persuade myself to give it a shot. No longer limited by the rules of authenticity necessary for savvy aficionados of the crime genre who are well versed in law, forensic science and police procedures in equal measures, Russell had the freedom to reinvent a post-apocalyptic world, which would be a mammoth challenge as it would have to be credible to the reader. I'm delighted to say that Leigh Russell ticked all the right boxes, and this novel proved to be a real page turner. Hopefully there will be a follow up to 'Rachel's Story' soon.

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