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Red Hail by Jamie Killen
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Galina, Arizona, 1960. A teenage girl witnesses a strange rain storm, red hail falls from the sky staining everything with a bloody hue. The cause - A natural phenomenon? Nobody knows, but when people from the town start to exhibit strange behaviour they all quickly realise that they might be dealing with something terrible. Tensions in the town reach fever pitch as the Mexican population are wrongly blamed for the outbreak. Nobody seems to be coming to help so the towns folk take it upon themselves to be judge, jury and executioner.

Sixty years later, Colin Ayers, a professor, has been looking in to the town of Galina and the fallout from the “outbreak” all those years ago. He isn’t convinced that anything untoward happened but when his partner Alonzo starts to exhibit the same signs that where recorded all those years ago he realises that something doesn’t add up. As Alonzo’s conditions worsens and others start to show up with the same symptoms, Colin decides that the only way to save him and the others is to go back to where it started. What will he find in Galina and will anyone want to talk about the events from all those years ago?

Red Hail was an enjoyable read with a sci-fi element to it, the dual timelines which can usually be a put off for me worked extremely well as the story progressed. The journey to the cause of the hail and the strange behaviour is an enjoyable one and the conclusion of the story was not one I could have guessed.

Thanks to Jamie Killen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

November 16, 2020 – Started Reading
November 17, 2020 – Finished Reading
November 19, 2020 – Shelved

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