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We Are Here [Hardcover]

Michael Marshall
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14 Mar 2013

It should have been the greatest day of David's life. A trip to New York, wife by his side, to visit his new publisher. Finally, after years of lonely struggle it looks as though the gods of fate are on his side. But on the way back to Penn station, a chance encounter changes all of that. David bumps into a man who covertly follows him and, just before he boards the train, passes by him close enough to whisper: 'Remember me.'

When the stranger turns up in his home town, David begins to understand that this man wants something from him...something very personal that he may have no choice but to surrender.

Meanwhile, back in New York, ex-lawyer John Henderson does his girlfriend Kristina a favour and agrees to talk to Catherine Warren, an acquaintance of hers who believes she's being stalked by an ex-lover. But soon John realises that Catherine's problem is far more complex and terrifying than he could ever have imagined...

There are people out there in the shadows, watching, waiting. They are the forgotten. And they're about to turn.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409133273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409133278
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 15.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intelligent and profoundly unsettling novel (John O'Connell GUARDIAN)

On one hand this is an absorbing thriller, on the other it provokes us to mistrust our perceptions of reality, to doubt the facts of our familiar surroundings... Engrossing and uncanny. (DAILY MAIL)

Yet another engrossing thriller from an author who remains a cut above the rest, always writing from the heart, aches and all. We Are Here... and we're not going anywhere. (ALTERNATIVE MAGAZNE)

Another winner from a master of his game, We Are Here is a welcome addition to Michael Marshall's growing catalogue. Part crime, part horror, part urban fantasy, it should appeal to new and old readers alike with its mixture of dark comedy, horror, mystery and abrupt violence. Fast-paced, tightly-plotted and beautifully-written, We Are Here packs thrills and chills into an intelligent story that, despite its fantastical elements, never loses its plausibility or sense of realism. (READERDAD.CO.UK)

There's loads to enjoy here, and more than a handful of properly creepy moments and paranoid situations. After all, who's never had the nagging thought that someone's been through their stuff, or re-arranged their belongings, or might - just might - be in their house right now? (DISPLACEMENTACTIVITY.CO.UK)

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An intelligent, page-turning thriller from the international bestselling author of THE STRAW MEN.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and intriguing. 19 Mar 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm a big fan of Michael Marshall's "Straw men" trilogy and since those I have read all his novels. He has an eye to the weird but written in an extremely entertaining way. His books will almost always mess with your head (in a very "what the hecks happening here" good way) and as usual I found myself immersed in the story and desperate to know what was what. David, an author who is about to get his first book published, bumps into a stranger who seems to know him - from then on strange things start happening and David finds himself in all sorts of trouble. Meanwhile, John agrees to help out his girlfriends bookclub pal who believes she is being stalked. However it is not as simple as that. As their two stories intertwine, we begin to discover another world - one that, whilst it is obviously fantasy, is actually quite believable. I have to say that when I wasnt reading this, I found myself often looking over my shoulder half expecting someone to be there! I very much enjoyed this - and whilst the Straw Men trilogy will probably always be my favourite from this author, he has never let me down when it comes to a darn good yarn. Excellent!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a hard book to review because it'd be so easy to spoil it and I don't want to do that.

We Are Here mostly centres around two couples. David and Dawn are a writer and his teacher wife who go into New York for the lunch that seals his first book deal. It's a big day for them but on the way home David accidentally bumps into someone in the street. Someone who then follows him to the station and asks him to "Remember me".

The other couple are John and Kristina. A waiter and bar-maid at an Italian restaurant who've been together about 6 months and are at the stage where they are about to either get more committed or possibly split up. Kristina's new friend from her book club has seemingly acquired a stalker and asks John and Kris for help.

Both these stories concern people who live in a kind of parallel world. They are there in the background of our lives but often go unseen or unnoticed. But something is changing. They are coming out of the shadows...

I could talk more - vaguely and circuitously so as not to spoil - about the plot but I won't. Let me talk instead about tone and themes. This is a book about regret, about loss of friendship and the way we forget people. It's also about what it means to really live in a place and be part of someone's life. In that sense it deals with some universal and weighty themes and does so well I think.

However it's not a ponderous literary novel. It's a thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King in places, which is a compliment. I enjoyed several of the characters. The author writes a middle-aged lady with nine cats who lives in a trailer - and he manages to make me really like her :)

It's not perfect. I think it could have been shorter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's behind you! 1 Feb 2013
By Freckles VINE VOICE
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This book had a name change before it arrived at my door. Now called "The Forgotten,"which is a better title in my opinion, it is both interesting and slightly whacky as we have come to expect from Michael Marshall aka Michael Marshall Smith. He has a rare talent of allowing the reader to calmly follow his storyline and then punching them in the face with a line or two...lines you have to read and reread several times....making sure you read it right!

David is a struggling author and has arrived in New York, with his wife Dawn, to visit the publisher who has happily taken him on board at long last. As they are returning to the station he becomes aware of a man following him. Just as he boards the train, the man whispers in David's ear..just two words...."Remember Me." That is weird enough, but when the stranger appears in his home town, David becomes very concerned. What does this guy want? Does it have something to do with his past? Something he has forgotten?

John Henderson and his wife Kristina live back in New York and when Kristina asks him to help a woman she has met at her book club, he reluctantly agrees. Catherine is also being followed and John believes it is just an ex-lover trying to spook her. Of course, things are not what they appear, and we find ourselves being introduced to a whole otherworldly group of characters who live along side the residents of New York. Not happily either anymore and things are about to get very scary.

I don't want to spoil the plot here, but suffice it to say that Michael Marshall has worked his magic again and his descriptive prose and characterisation are spot on. I love his writing and believe he challenges his readers, making the unlikly seem completely plausible.

Loved it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and intriguing, if a touch unfulfiling 2 Jan 2013
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Michael Marshall's novels tend to fall into the 'reliable entertainment' category, with the honourable exception of Only Forward which was dazzling but which has proved to be a hard act to follow. 'We Are Here' is indeed a solid, well-crafted story which blurs the boundaries between a gritty New York thriller and the supernatural / spiritual world.
If you've read MM's other novels then you'll be familiar with several of the themes - a hidden organisation with a convoluted hierarchy and nomenclature; the equivocal nature of the paranormal; an emerging, unconventional conspiracy which forces the protagonists to face their fears and failings, and so on. The characters are, in the main, well defined and intriguing, although the lawyer-turned-waiter hero felt so familiar that I had to go and check whether he'd been featured in an earlier book - and a couple of the shadowy villains are a little too obscure for comfort. I had to recap now and then to remind myself who they were. The wannabe writer who works in a coffee bar, serving sarcasm along with the cream and sugar, and lives in a double-wide trailer with only felines for friends was a very touching and nuanced creation, though.
At time, 'We Are Here' sparkles with the creativity and clever observation at which MM excels. The core idea (no, I'm not going to reveal it and ruin it for you) is a very witty, intelligent 'what if?' scenario which should strike a chord with most people who recall their childhood friendships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy, unique book
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I picked it up on a whim. Really glad that I did. Read more
Published 17 days ago by P. Cranfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I've been a fan of Michael Marshall for quite a while now, and always look forward to reading a new book of his. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin In Blue
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed fan
I'm a big fan of Mr. marshal, having read all his books from his Smith days and the utterly brilliant Only Forward to Strawmen and Killer Move so this book was a big... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr George W Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I bought this as its written by one of my favourite authors. You may want to read earlier books with the same main characters in but really it stands on its own,. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent book
Hard to write a review without it becoming a spoiler so I'll keep it short and sweet. Read this book, you'll be very very glad you did.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
Michael Marshall is one of my favourite authors. He draws the reader gradually into the world he has created within the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs J
2.0 out of 5 stars Like walking in treacle
One of my favourite authors but this was just such hard work, having said that I'll probably still buy his next book !!
Published 3 months ago by JJ
4.0 out of 5 stars I still want my Smith back
When reading We Are Here you can almost see the thought process MM(S) has gone through. Imagine watching Toy Story (or rather Toy Story 2) and then giving it a slightly more... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Syriat
3.0 out of 5 stars Good , but not great
Did enjoy this but not as much as his other books that I have read, at times it seemed to get a little bogged down whilst at others the story raced along.
Published 6 months ago by Mr Wm McAdam
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the same Michael Marshall Smith?
Here's a chap who wrote one of the greatest horror stories I've ever read, that being Spares. Other exceptional works were Only Forward and One of Us. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keith
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