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Monday 15 August 2022

‘Feral’ by Glenis Wilson

Published by The Book Guild,
7 June 2022.
ISBN: 978- 1-91512237-7 (PB)

Anan Isooba is flying a Cessna towards the Scottish Border. The plane contains a crate carrying a drugged pregnant black panther named Kala being illegally brought into the country. A really vicious storm blows up causing the plane to crash land into trees in a wood near a farm belonging to Kent Evans. Kala’s crate is damaged, she breaks out and leaves the crashed plane, licking her injuries.

Anan is badly injured and remains trapped in the pilot’s seat. He comes to briefly but falls asleep.

We then learn of the Wild Ark Zoo owned by a Mr. Smith and helped run by George Gregson. The panther was due to be delivered to the zoo and hidden in the bottom of the crate was a consignment of cocaine.

When Anan is overdue and there is no word from him, Smith becomes concerned. Then there are reports of sightings of a black panther, the newspapers scream the headlines. Now he is desperately worried and makes plans to find the plane and recover the illegal cargo. He contacts a local helicopter pilot, and they fly over the area.

Meanwhile Kent finds a partly eaten sheep on his farm and comes to the conclusion through certain contacts he has that the Cessna with the panther on board must have come down nearby. His main concern is for his young daughter Rachel who loves to roam around his land with Jess their sheepdog. He tells her nothing about the escaped big cat.

Unknown to anyone Kala has now given birth to two healthy cubs, she becomes even more desperate to find food and goes on the prowl.

In the woods, Anan wakes again only to be faced with a real nightmare – what if the panther comes back to the plane, in which he is firmly trapped, he has no chance of escaping and is growing weaker and weaker.

Back on Kent’s farm, Rachel goes missing.

The author has created a very disturbing scenario, especially as there often are reported sightings of big black cats in this country. Atmospheric and very well written. Highly recommended, but readers of a nervous disposition need to be wary!

Reviewer: Tricia Chappell 

Glenis Wilson was born in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. She was always a scribbler from childhood. She has been a member of Nottingham Writers' Club for 35 years and is also a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and the Crime Writers' Association.  Glenis has fourteen published novels. 

Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.  

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