Riveting, atmospheric and tautly written, Red Queen is a remarkable debut.' Michael Robotham
Shannon and Rohan Scott have retreated to their family's cabin in the Australian bush to escape a virus-ravaged world. After months of isolation, Shannon imagines there's nothing her doesn't know about his older brother, or himself - until a stranger slips under their late-night watch and past their loaded guns. Reluctantly the brothers take the young woman into their fold, and the dynamic within the cabin shifts. Possessiveness takes hold, loyalties are split, and trust is shattered. Before long, all three find themselves locked into a very different battle for survival.
Daring, stylish and sexy, Red Queen is a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.
"On a remote property in rural Australia two brothers are holed up in a cabin, armed and prepared to defend themselves from intruders. Their parents have died from a virus that has decimated the population and turned people against one another. Alone and completely cut off from help, the two have only each other to rely on. Into their world comes a young woman who claims to have stumbled upon them by accident. They cautiously offer shelter, but before long the emotional dynamics become a source of jealousy and sexual intrigue. In a life and death situation, no one can fully be trusted. Red Queen is a post-apocalyptic thriller for the 28 Days Later generation. Like Cormac McCarthy's The Road, it's not so much about the disaster itself, but how the survivors cope with the breakdown of order - social and psychological. The isolated property is an alternately spacious and claustrophobic setting for what is a first-rate psychological page-turner. Written from the first-person perspective of the younger brother, it invites comparison to novels such as Z for Zachariah, but the sex scenes are perhaps more suitable for mature audiences. It's an excellent debut, and H M Brown is definitely an author to watch." Lachlan Jobbins is a Sydney-based freelance writer and editor
About the Author
Honey Brown lives in country Victoria with her husband and two children, and together they run a small flock of sheep. Red Queen is her first novel.