The Quick: A Novel

By Lauren Owen

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For fanatics of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The evening Circus, an extraordinary debut, a unique of epic scope and suspense that inspires the entire magic and risk of Victorian London
 
1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, unearths accommodation with an enthralling younger aristocrat. via this new friendship, he's brought to the drawing-rooms of excessive society and unearths love in an unforeseen area. Then, by surprise, he vanishes with out a hint. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, units out from their crumbling kingdom property made up our minds to discover him. within the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural urban populated by way of unforgettable characters: a feminine rope walker grew to become vigilante, a road urchin with a perilous mystery, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” however the solution to her brother’s disappearance eventually lies in the doorways of the unique, secretive Aegolius membership, whose predatory individuals comprise the main bold, and so much bloodthirsty, males in England.
 
In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical international that's either beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will identify her as considered one of fiction’s such a lot outstanding talents.
 
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“A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a dinner party of gothic storytelling that's very unlikely to resist.”—Kate Atkinson

“A cracking solid learn . . . Owen takes the gothic conventions of the vampire novel in a fresh new direction.”—Deborah Harkness, writer of A Discovery of Witches and The booklet of Life
 
“A sturdy outdated vampire novel . . . What fun.”The manhattan instances publication Review (Editor’s Choice)
 
The Quick is that infrequent booklet that reviewers and readers reside for: either plot- and character-driven, a stay-up-all-night interpreting romp. . . . this can be based, witty, force-of-nature writing.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“The book’s power, its huge achieve and wealthy element make it a convinced instance of the ‘unputdownable’ novel.”—The Economist
 
“A seamless mix of Victorian London and wealthy imagination.”—Tana French, writer of In the Woods
 
“A exciting story . . . This booklet provide you with chills even on a sizzling day.”Minneapolis superstar Tribune
 
“Stylishly sinister . . . could have you snoozing with the lighting fixtures on.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre.”—Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall
 
“A tremendous, sly bucketful of the main great enjoyable . . . [Owen] weaves what’s right here with what’s past as simply as J. ok. Rowling does.”Slate
 
“[An writer of] prodigious presents . . . Owen captures Dickens’s London with glee and produces a couple of characters Dickens will be satisfied to name his own.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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She had reached twenty while she heard the footsteps. It used to be Mrs. Rowley—Charlotte knew her tread good sufficient. She used to be outdoors, hurrying nearer. And as she approached she known as, “Charlotte? James? Are you the following? ” Charlotte regarded approximately for someplace to conceal, yet there has been no time—Mrs. Rowley had already opened the library door. Charlotte suggestion she will be indignant, yet as a substitute she purely acknowledged brusquely, “Where’s your brother? ” “I don’t understand. ” She sighed, then took Charlotte by means of the wrist and acknowledged, “Well, come alongside.

She may by no means bitch of boredom back. Rafferty helped them out of the carriage with no being requested, bought down the bags, and nodded as Charlotte thanked him. while she paid him, he blinked on the amount—generous, even contemplating all he had performed. He passed her the carpetbag—she had nearly forgotten it—and drove away with out one other notice. “Come on,” she acknowledged to James. “Stay shut. ” in the course of their rush from the reserving place of work to the teach, there has been little time to mirror. basically after they had won the privateness in their first class compartment might she imagine at rest back.

The creature takes safe haven in silence. he's a lord of utterance and will dominate his sufferer in order that, whether he lives, he'll now not have the ability to identify the creature who attacked him or converse in actual fact of his ordeal. just like the blinded Cyclops, he can describe his assailant basically as “Nobody. ” but, nonetheless, the vampire has been named. greater than this, we all know him well—at least, in a few garbled model. unluckily, he has up to now effectively eluded the bright looking beam of technological know-how: no knowledgeable guy, who had now not visible the creature, could personal to believing in him.

He didn't say it to insult me, I know—it was once only an remark, a brand new discovery approximately his altered country. earlier than he left, he wrote a cheque and gave it to me. the volume made me stare at him in astonishment. “This is for lease and different expenses,” he stated. “Get all of the books you would like; locate someplace larger to reside. in the event you run out, allow me understand. ” “Are you offering to hire me? ” I requested. “Why now not? i need to comprehend all there's to grasp, if i'm to place this reward to the easiest use. you'd be a massive aid to me.

I don't prefer to see him during this temper. there are occasions whilst i think that he doesn't relatively listen me. the place could Norbury pass? I take into account his grief after we first introduced him upstairs. simply a bet. He is probably not so rash. yet allow us to see. bankruptcy Twenty-one Eustace Paige had instructed him to maintain strolling, and James his suggestion. in the first hour, the injuries he had suffered throughout the struggle had healed. He was once pristine again—unmarked and undamaged, keep for his outfits, which have been in a nasty nation. He had sufficient cash with him to buy a fresh blouse, if he may perhaps endure the ordeal of a store or a stall, the proximity to such a lot of humans.

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