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The Quick

by Lauren Owen

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

The Quick Synopsis

You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, a world of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed. Sly and glittering . (Hilary Mantel). Impossible to resist . (Kate Atkinson).

The Good Book Guide Review

In Owen’s unusual and distinctly Gothic-flavoured debut novel two very different Victorian worlds collide to distinctly macabre effect. In a corner of Yorkshire a pair of siblings are bound together by sudden tragedy, whilst in London’s Aegolius Club the most influential men in England gather for meetings shrouded in the deepest secrecy. What exactly are they and what is the connection between the two groups? An atmospheric chiller evolves, skilfully conjuring a sinister world of the darkest hues. Brooding and densely plotted, it is ambitious in its scope, but certainly delivers a sleek, well-crafted thriller, ideal for fans of the genre.

The Quick Press Reviews

'A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre ... As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin. It's a skilled, assured performance, and it's hard to believe it is a first novel.' -- Hilary Mantel


'A Gothic blockbuster.' Independent


'Energetically throwing together real history and gothic fantasy, Owen has produced a novel that is macabre, readable and atmospheric.' -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times


'A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.' -- Kate Atkinson


'Debut gothic mystery from a new British talent.' -- Kate Figes Mail on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780099569978
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780224096386
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099569978
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Lauren Owen
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Lauren Owen

Lauren Owen is twenty-eight years old and grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fictions. She is a graduate of St Hilda's, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture, and is the recipient of the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. The Quick is her first novel.

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