The Lupin Project by Allan Leverone
When eighteen year old high school senior Eddie Senna drives down a long-abandoned logging trail with his girlfriend, all he’s looking for is a little privacy. What he finds instead is a horror beyond all imagination. Because the trail ends just behind the Tamerlane Research Facility, a super-secret lab where experiments in animal neural conditioning are being conducted. And the animals have gotten loose. And they’re far more intelligent – and far more deadly – than anyone realizes. After an unthinkable tragedy, it falls to Eddie’s girlfriend Alicia and older brother Rob to undertake a desperate search for answers. But a very powerful person is determined to cover up the details of the tragedy. That person is vicious and amoral. And he’s closing in on Alicia and Rob…
I really loved this book! It was quick paced and the story kept moving, with the plot advancing in every chapter. I think fans of animal horror will love this, but also fans of science fiction. I found there to be a Stranger Things-like vibe, which I enjoyed. There is small town with a research facility, and an experiment gone awry, and local teens trying to figure out the answers. Alicia and Rob were very likable characters, and you are rooting for them the whole time. I loved the setting; New Hampshire during the winter season. It added to the dark mood of the story. Leverone’s writing was also perfect for me. It felt like I was right there in the snow with the characters on those endless back roads, in the middle of the woods. The chapters switch between the the story plots of different characters, but the plot always aligns and progresses as a whole. I look forward to reading more from Leverone, as The Lupin Project was my first read by the author, but it will not be my last!
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