The Waiting Rooms (Paperback)
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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 09/07/2020
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Exquisitely crafted and highly original, The Waiting Rooms is set in a near-future world plagued by a global antibiotic crisis.  Moving between Britain and South Africa, its narrative is filled with heart-wrenching suspense and unforgettable characters, haunted by the past and the future. Smith’s dark and nuanced debut announces the arrival of an exciting new voice in crime fiction.

Swinging from South Africa to England: one woman's hunt for her birth mother in an all-too-believable near future in which an antibiotic crisis has decimated the population. A prescient, thrilling debut.

Decades of spiraling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed 'The Waiting Rooms' ... hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too.

Sweeping from an all-too-real modern Britain to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away.


Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781913193263
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm


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'STUNNING and terrifying ... The Waiting Rooms wrenches your heart in every way possible, but written with such humanity and emotion' - Miranda Dickinson

'If the themes are dark and topical, the writing is exquisite. Breath held, I got to the finale with my heart in my mouth. Eve Smith weaves a complex and clever tale, merging countries and timelines; the result is a superb and satisfying novel' - Louise Beech

'Smith creates visceral worlds that spring to life on the page and each chapter reveals new and exciting plot developments... Her work portrays an essence of Margaret Atwood and George Orwell' - Reviewer No 9

'Stunning dystopian debut. A prescient and alarming tale that seems just a whisper from reality' - Suzy Apsley

'This is THE book of our time. Literally unputdownable & unforgettable. Such a book, you owe it to yourself to order it immediately. WOW!' - Phillipa's Quick Book Review Podcast

'With the current coronavirus going on, this book is so timely ... It's a wealth of information and a wealth of warnings. My god this book makes you think. It really makes you think. Great interwoven story of the creators of the drugs and how they can be used for evil reasons. And warning, the first chapter will have you weeping' - Goodreads

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“A shocking thriller for our times”

If ever there was a book for our times, the Waiting Rooms is it. It’s what I would describe as a social thriller, predicated on a lockdown imposed in response to a pandemic. Only this lockdown lasts for a generation.... More

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“One of the most terrifying and timely books you will ever read”

This book was truly terrifying. I always find that reading a dystopian-based book gives me a little nervous thrill, that sense that what I’m reading could become reality and ‘The Waiting Rooms’ is absolutely no... More

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“Thought provoking, readable tale for our times”

This book couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s the very human story of two women whose lives are linked and though whose eyes we understand a world where antibiotics can no longer be relied on to save us. Smith’s... More

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