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The Faceless [Paperback]

Simon Bestwick
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2 Feb 2012
In the Lancashire town of Kempforth, people are vanishing. Mist hangs heavy in the streets, and in those mists move the masked figures the local kids call the Spindly Men. When two year old Roseanne Trevor disappears, Detective Chief Inspector Renwick vows to stop at nothing until she finds her. In Manchester, terrifying visions summon TV psychic Allen Cowell and his sister Vera back to the town they swore they'd left forever. And local historian Anna Mason pieces together a history of cruelty and exploitation almost beyond belief, born out of the horrors of war while in the decaying corridors and lightless rooms of a longabandoned hospital, something terrible is waiting for them all.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190799274X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907992742
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Bestwick lives in Lancashire and is the author of a previous novel, Tide Of Souls, two short story collections and a chapbook, Angels Of The Silences. The novella The Narrows was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and reprinted in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror Of The Year.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a scary one! 21 Mar 2012
There is nothing I like better as a reader than a good scary book....and this is a really great one! Excellent writing with a taut narrative, high on atmosphere building from the get off, the plot hits the floor running and never lets up on the tension and shocks. It took me a few pages to get used to the almost staccato dialogue but before then,I was already hopelessly hooked. A book though provoking and visceral in places ( the chilling and accurate war injury descriptions), not a word is gratuitous or out of place. I couldn't put it old, well-worn cliche but in this case completely true.
Bestwick creates fully dimensional , totally believable characters, a strong and accurate setting and an original and genuinely creepy story...what more could a reader seeking a first class horror book want?

British horror writing is enjoying a wonderful resurgence of high quality, original and suitably frightening books by new authors. Simon Bestwick joins the vanguard of this home grown talent.
Just make sure you have a light ready to switch on in your bedroom!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There is a place near Manchester, Kempforth. It's here that the characters are drawn to a derelict hospital and sanatorium built for veterans of the First World War. It's here that psychic Allen Cowell and his sister Vera are drawn, called back to Kempforth's Shackleton Street and the desolation of their childhood. Of an 80's paedophile ring. Local historian Anna and her brother Martyn are caught up too. As are Sergeant Mike Stakowski and Detective Chief Inspector Joan Renwick, because there are new missing children. And something else. The Spindly Men, a local bogeyman legend. And all will soon find out if the child snatchers are all just ordinary men.

Like Gary McMahon, Bestwick has an eye and ear for the grubbier side of British society. Early on when the author is deftly painting his picture of the town, and its inhabitants, I felt that perhaps he was laying it on a little too thick -

- and then you turn on the TV and catch five minutes of `The Jeremy Kyle Show' and think to yourself, "Oh, yeah, what was I thinking - that's exactly what modern Britain is like!"

Like McMahon, the bleakness of Bestwick's picture is made palpable through his superb characterization. So much so that you truly believe in the characters as real people. The camaraderie between Stakowski and Renwick. The intricate and damaged bond between Vera and her brother Allen. Anna's strength and Martyn's weakness.

As the many-layered story hurtles towards its conclusion, the scale opens up and those who have read the author's first novel, the terrific `Tide of Souls', will not be disappointed. The climax may become cinematic, but rest assured Bestwick does not take the easy Hollywood option.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read! 6 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My dear friend Dawny Dawn is always buying books for me, they tend to be an eclectic bunch and I quite often start them and have to say, `sorry Dawn, but what on earth was that?' Now, I've had Simon Bestwick's `The Faceless' sat on my shelf since my birthday in February. I was informed that I'd `bloody love it Steven!' So I thought, `well, I'll wait until I have a long weekend and give it a go.' I'm a very busy teacher and hate having to close a book before I'm actually reaching any sort of resolution, simply because I have work in the morning - darn it! Anyway - I started the book yesterday, round about 7pm. At 3am this morning I was still reading it. It is astonishingly good! Characterisation is spot on, from pretty dour Northern folk to your heart of gold gay woman; I was very, very impressed. Then you get to the real meat of the novel - the mystery. Blimey it's a shocker! This is visceral stuff, not your gory, rip his throat out for a laugh horror novel nonsense. This is truly scary. And what more could you possibly want from a horror novel. The image in my mind was of the Spindly men clawing at my bedroom window. I haven't slept at all! Can we have more of this please Simon; you are truly a bloody star! Many thanks for a fabulous read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Horror at it's very finest 23 Mar 2012
By Gavlar
After reading this it came as no surprise at all to find out that Simon Bestwick has been nominated for awards for his writing, this is without a doubt a perfect example of British horror at it's best, stark, harsh, vicious and creepy as hell. I started to read this in the morning of a day off which turned out to be a wise move as I just could not tear myself away until I'd finished it. Can not recommend highly enough. Bestwick is a real force to be reckoned with in horror writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class new wave horror 19 Nov 2012
This is a tight and tense book that thrills the reader. It is not for the faint hearted. Whoever wrote this can certainly hold a steady and effective narrative pace, and he also knows his way around classic cinema. There are many elements in this book that made me think of the classic old horror movies - before gorno et al - that understand how to induce an atmosphere of dread. This is a very creepy book in places.

There are many who dismiss genre fiction as second rate, or in some other way lacking. Truly decent horror writing - of which this is an example - genuinely shows this view as false. An excellent book, and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
Brilliant story line and great twist in the middle, also depicts the feelings of the main characters and the loss of loved ones
Published 2 months ago by sharon goodsir
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Book
I really hated this book - found it depressing and dreary, not one to recommend and a very odd storyline.
Published 2 months ago by Hectordog
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
A good read starts of a bit of a slow pace then gathers pace and speeds right up to the end a good old fashioned ghost story,enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in steadily accruing horror
The Faceless is horror on an epic scale. The setting is the fictional town of Kempforth in Lancashire and one is immediately grasped by a sense of place as the author creates a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G.R. Yeates
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
I noticed this book in my library and had to pick it up . I was totally blown away by the sheer scale of the horror in it . Read more
Published 8 months ago by huyton fattie mum
3.0 out of 5 stars ok.....
I really enjoyed the beginning & middle of the book however I thought the ending let it down. I enjoy all horror but call me old fashioned I like a happy ending with all the loose... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reez
2.0 out of 5 stars OH DEAR!--WHAT NON-SENSE
Published 10 months ago by lady anna
5.0 out of 5 stars One To Watch...
Having dabbled with a few of his short stories, The Faceless is the first complete Simon Bestwick book I've read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Everington
1.0 out of 5 stars wish I had never bought it!
I should have looked at the one star review by K DAVIES before buying this but I was seduced by the other glowing tributes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. G. M. Henshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good a read as i would have hoped
I started to read this book with great anticipation after reading the previous reviews however for me it did not quite live up to the expectation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Neil C
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