When young magazine journalist Ashley Reeves receives an intriguing letter, he leaves his London office in the hope of reporting on an unusual species of insect - the Ganges Red.
That evening he arrives on Aries Island and encounters the writer of the letter - Reginald Mather.
At first Mather seems no more than an eccentric collector, happy to live in isolation on the island.
But when Reeves unearths the horrific truth he finds himself thrown headlong into a macabre nightmare that quickly spirals out of control.
His life is in danger ...and Mather is not his only enemy ...Both gruesome and compelling, chilling and page-turning, this much-anticipated thriller from Dean Vincent Carter will delight older readers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 01/03/2007
- Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9780552552974
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Review by adpaton
A giant telepathic mosquito - hmmm.... I'm surprised this had not yet been made into a film - set somewhere in America of course. The English have not done B-grade schlock horror well on the screen since the Hammer days. A young journalist sets out in response to a letter, ending up on an island with a most peculair collector who claims to have the only specimen of a giant and immortal mosquito called The Ganges Red, aka The Lady or The Hand of the Devil. Thanks to a storm, our hero is stuck and has to spent the night and the following day makes some unsettling discoveries. Okay, it's not particuarly well written and the gore is laid on with a shovel - at one stage he falls into a charnel pit of decaying corpses - while realism is certainly not one of the writer's priorities. I enjoyed it though. So sue me. Maybe too violent and bloody for the children of 50 years ago, I think the 21st Century youngsters who giggle through porno-horror films like Saw might actually find this a little tame. Which makes it about right for me. An exciting read plus did you know that male mosquitoes don't bite? See, educational as well!