The Faceless

The Faceless

eBook - 2012
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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 long-abandoned hospital, something terrible is waiting for them all. The Faceless is a breath-taking tale of the supernatural, which will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
Publisher: Oxford : Solaris, 2012.
ISBN: 9781849973311
1849973318
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MeReneG
Jun 11, 2012

Haven't read a horror book in years. // Found some of the British phrasing/terminology to be odd, at times. Similarly, the "reminiscences" of WW I survivors which were interspersed throughout the book weren't easy to decipher, given the lack of punctuation and capitals! // Nonetheless, glad to have picked this one up, as I found it difficult to put down. // Not sure if the ending is meant to be a set-up for a sequel, but it could be.

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Jun 11, 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 long-abandoned hospital above town, something terrible is waiting for them all. [http://www.solarisbooks.com/titles/title_details/the_faceless]

... ‘The Faceless’ is primarily a psychological horror but this doesn’t stop Bestwick from laying on the gore at exactly the right moments and at just the right level. It will shock but it’s never cartoonish. Perhaps the real horror lies in the serious consideration paid to a certain course of action right at the very end of the book... This is a relentless spiral into the dark side of humanity and readers will get to see some truly horrifying things... [excerpted from http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2012/01/faceless-simon-bestwick-solaris.html]

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