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5.0 out of 5 stars They've got perfect skin, 25 May 2008
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This review is from: The Unblemished (Paperback)
Hundreds of years ago, they were almost wiped out. Since then, they've been biding their time, regaining their strength, growing in their numbers. Now they want revenge. The city of London won't know what's hit it, and by the time it's inhabitants realise the danger they are in, all the escape routes out of the city will have been sealed off...
Conrad Williams' brilliant horror novel falls in to two distinct halves. In the first half we are introduced to the main protagonists: Sarah and her daughter Claire are on the run from a gangster named Malcolm Manser. Claire has already been traumatised by an encounter with some...thing in the woods. Meanwhile, Manser's mentor, serial killer Gyorsi Salavaria-aka 'The Picnic Man'-has decided it's time to come out of 'retirement'. In London, Bo Mulvey, a photographer, has a chance meeting in a pub, which leaves him in possession of a rather unusual 'map'.
Although the first half of the novel is relatively 'goreless', the riveting story-which mainly focuses on Sarah's desperate attempts to stay one step ahead of Manser, and to protect her daughter from the dark forces that threaten her-and the intimations of the horrors to come, kept me reading. In the (far bloodier) second half of the novel, Sarah is forced to flee to London with Claire, and the story focuses on their fight for survival in a city overrun by monsters with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
'The Unblemished' is a fantastic read. Conrad Williams has written a modern horror classic (yeah, I know 'modern classic' is an oxymoron!), and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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