Once it gets really going, from early on, This Mortal Coil, a debut novel from Australian-born Emily Suvada, does not let up. One of the most impressive things about this debut is the way Suvada intertwines high-tech science, such as bodily implanted panels and genetic tweaking of human senses, into the unfolding narrative. The title refers to both our DNA and the perilous frailty of human life, especially when confronted with a catastrophic virus named Hydra. It's a frenetic race against time to unlock an encrypted secret vaccine in which no one is safe and nothing is what it seems. There are loads of surprises, none of which I was able to predict. Highly recommended for those who like their thrills served up with intelligence.