We Are Here Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013
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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)
An intelligent, page-turning thriller from the international bestselling author of THE STRAW MEN.See all Product description
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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. Similarly, the relationships between the two adult couples are well developed and reflect some very delicate touches - like when Kristina understands that she's reached the point in her relationship with John when she'd usually have a commitment crisis and run a mile.
However, I'm not sure that bringing the religious angle into the plot really added much to it, and it kinda spoiled my delight at the fantastical concept of who the forgotten people might actually be. I also feel that MM has written the weird organisation / conspiracy of doom plot more than once too often. In some ways, 'We Are Here' is a 5* idea which gets wrapped up in a 3* plot. It's delivered with style, but I really wanted to spend more time with the people who are only glimpsed from the corner of an eye. The apocalyptic plot and finale didn't grab me particularly, not like the wit and whimsy of the earlier chapters.
An interesting novel, if not a stand-out superb one. Reminded me somewhat of Chris Fowler's Roofworld, and I can see that it would appeal to the same audience. Like I said; enjoyable and reliable entertainment.
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.
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