Thursday, 21 March 2013

URBAN FANTASY CRIME REVIEW: We Are Here - Michael Marshall

Release Date: 14/03/13
Publisher:  Orion


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.


I love a crime story that brings elements of the supernatural into them and to be honest if you want heart palpitations, night frights and to be jumping at every little noise (if you’re reading this alone) then you will more that get your moneys worth from Michael Marshall’s new book.

The writing as usual is crisp, the prose wonderful and when added to a solid pace and an easily visualised scenario’s then you’re in for a treat. Yet whilst this is always key to any book for me, one other thing that I have to add are the characters populating this shadowy world, they’re delightful and whilst the villains are people who truly take the darker aspect of the human psyche you’ll still find yourself fascinated at how well the author manages to meld it altogether without giving the reader information overload. Back this up with a lead character that you just route for and all round I was a satisfied reader. A cracking read all round.

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