‘This book will pull you in, take hold, and not let go until you reach the final page perhaps for longer than that. Without a doubt, my favourite read of this year’ Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
‘What a compelling, terrible beauty this novel is. My heart was breaking even as my skin was crawling’ Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies
It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, ‘special meat’ – human meat – is legal.
Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans only no one calls them that. He works with numbers, consignments, processing. One day, he’s given a gift to seal a deal: a specimen of the finest quality. He leaves her in his barn, tied up, a problem to be disposed of later.
But the specimen haunts Marcos. Her trembling body, her eyes that watch him, that seem to understand. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost – and what might still be saved.