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Publisher's Summary

In the midst of a devastating epidemic, how far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?
There is a deadly virus spreading around the world. At first it is a distant alarm bell in the background of Hannah's comfortable suburban life. Then suddenly it has arrived on the doorstep.
The virus traps Hannah, her husband, and their young sons in their city, then their neighborhood, and finally their own home. As a formerly idyllic backyard and quiet street become battlefields, fear and compassion collide. But what happens when their water supply is cut, and then the power, and the food supply dwindles?
Chilling and suspenseful, at once deeply personal and terrifying in its implications, Before This Is Over invites us to imagine what a family must do to survive when pushed to the extreme.
©2017 Amanda Hickie (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Gripping and terrifyingly realistic, Before This Is Over is the story of a mother trapped in the epicenter of a deadly global virus - and the agonizing choices she must make to keep her family alive." (Sarah Pekkanen, best-selling author of The Perfect Neighbors)
"What would you do in an epidemic?.... Utterly fascinating, a little gruesome and impossible to put down.... This is a slow-burn thriller that would make an excellent choice for a book club." (Jessica Broadbent, Books + Publishing)
"A tense debut..... Under these circumstances, how does one cope with entertaining an active child or feeding a growing, whiny teenager, who eats as if supermarkets are still open and refuses to understand why he can't use the Internet? Neighbors turning on neighbors is expected, but society is beyond broken when a family turns on itself. Hickie realistically depicts how isolation and the threat of disease affect one family, especially when electricity, water, and other services break down." (Publishers Weekly)
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By lindsey b. on 05-23-17

Trying to push through since I used my credit on this story

Trying to push through this book since I used my monthly audible credit on it, but I'm really disappointed. The story is good but the narration is rough to listen to...I should have bought the kindle version. The narrator sounds like she is constantly either questioning or making a grave point, neither of which is fitting for 90% of the book (and it has nothing to do with her accent- it's just her reading style). I dislike the narration so much that I will make sure future purchases are not read by the same person .

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By PearlyBaker on 05-22-17

Your Reflective Skin is Falling Off Your Bones

I suspect it would take about 15 minutes for polite society to be exactly like Mad Max if their was a pandemic, revolution or coup (fingers crossed). I am unbelievably chagrined I finished this piece. We get it, mom is an extra strength neurotic and dad is a dumb dumb super douche not unlike Donald J. Just another in a lifetime of genuinely poor decisions. I hope in heaven I get to Tivo my life just to see my face right before I make some my worst choices. Like in '88 when I was suicidal for months on end, on my way to Pink Floyd and thought to myself, "You know what I need, is this postage stamp sized blotter paper with a pelican on a surfboard." Life has never been the same since.

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