Review: Virulent by Jason Scott Melo


Name– Virulent
Author– Jason Scott Melo
Genre– Thriller, Horror
Source– Author
Katie’s case– 5/5

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1. (regarding a disease) extremely severe or harmful in its effects
2. bitterly hostile

A county epidemiologist and his summer intern are sent to investigate a potential outbreak at a research facility deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Soon after their arrival at All Cure, Dr. Chuck Sparrows and Nina Cabugao find themselves in a situation far more sinister than either could have ever imagined when they agreed to take on the case.

A strong will to live will be just as important as their infectious disease training if they hope to make it out of the mountains alive.


What a gripping page turner! Melo’s background in epidemiology, paired with his incredibly fresh voice in the subject, truly make for an excellent thriller. You get the best of both worlds, an insight into the world of outbreaks, but also a chilling and skilled style.

I tend to go for books with a strong atmospheric component; I want to feel like I am right there with all of the characters. Melo’s latest novella does not disappoint. You can practically feel the treacherous and sinister setting throughout this novel as chills will run down your spine in real life. You can feel a range of emotion in this book as the characters have to know how to trust and know how to trust their own guts.

Without giving too much away, go into this book knowing you will not want to put it down until you have reached the very last page. I already cannot wait to reread it in the future!

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