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Lost Girl by Adam Nevill
  

Lost Girl

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Shortlisted for the Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2016.

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Post apocalypse worlds are very much in vogue and in danger of engulfing the bookshelves, but Neville's approach is innovative and seriously scary, which comes as no surprise as he is fast establishing himself as one the horror field's rising talents with a bang. In a crumbling post-pandemic world, anarchy reigns and a grieving father goes in search of the four-year old daughter who was snatched from his garden. In a world of terrible floods, marauding gangs and unpredictable hurricanes, what remains of the police doesn't care and the father plunges into a panorama of madness on his frenzied quest. With an assured narrative flow and a background sometimes reminiscent of Stephen King in his talent for mapping desolation, Nevill confirms he is one scary, serious dude to watch out for. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Adam Nevill you might also like to read books by James Herbert, Jonathan Aycliffe and Kim Newman.

Synopsis

Lost Girl by Adam Nevill

How far will he go to save his daughter? How far will he go to get revenge? It's 2053 and climate change has left billions homeless and starving - easy prey for the pandemics that sweep across the globe, scything through the refugee populations. Easy prey, too, for the violent gangs and people-smugglers who thrive in the crumbling world where 'King Death' reigns supreme. The father's world went to hell two years ago. His four-year-old daughter was snatched from his garden when he should have been watching. The moments before her disappearance play in a perpetual loop in his mind. But the police aren't interested; amidst floods, hurricanes and global chaos, who cares about one more missing child? Now it's all down to him to find her, him alone ...

Reviews

Nevill ornaments his tale of brutality and bloodshed with florid Gothic prose, like flock wallpaper gracing a torture dungeon. There's acute psychological insight amid Lost Girl's squalid inferno, and the author's vision of our near future is horribly plausible. -- James Lovegrove * Financial Times * Adam Nevill excels at making nightmares real . . . Nevill's portrayal of the breakdown of civilisation, mirrored by the father's own spiralling moral crisis, is unflinchingly realistic - though not without hope. The author says he wanted the novel to amend the status of climate change from the existential to the very real , and in this Lost Girl succeeds brilliantly * Guardian * Bleak, disturbing and terrifying - and horribly compelling. * Independent * Nevill concocts a unique, paranoid vision of dystopian drama that's nigh impossible not to get sucked into * Starburst * Lost Girl, to put it simply, is absolutely stunning . . . The book will change you by its end. And once you get there, you won't regret one moment spent! * scifinow.co.uk * Set amongst the stereotypically British boarding houses and tacky seaside resorts of the south coast of England, Lost Girl still manages to feel like a Sam Peckinpah movie * Dirge Mag * This is a journey you need to go on yourself. Put some time aside, get comfortable and pour yourself a stiff drink. You're going to need it * Pop Mythology * Lost Girl is a brutally powerful novel, it forces us to look both inwards at ourselves, to wonder if we would go to the same lengths, and one that forces us to look at the world we live in, can we halt the downward decline of our world or will we face a slow and inevitable decline into oblivion. The Future presented in Lost Girl may be a bleak one, but the future of Horror with writers such as Nevill at the helm is a bright future for all * Ginger Nuts of Horror * Lost Girl is an outstanding novel, a gripping, terrifying read from an author who never fails to deliver. It's a book that ably demonstrates that the horrors that arise from human nature itself are just as terrifying as those of a supernatural nature. It's a novel I highly recommend * Dark Musings * The almost prophetic descriptions of a vast refugee crisis (considering Nevill wrote this book before the current problems hit the papers) was almost spooky in its timeliness. And the vivid details of his story-weaving sucks you right out of this world into the one he is master of. As with all of his books, I advise that you read it at your own risk. But at the same time, you will be glad you did * Reluctantly Freaky * A novel which recognises the complex lives we all lead, that of private intimates (family, lovers, friends) as well as global citizens. It's how these two intermesh that determine the way things go for us, and by exploring these double realms of experience with such conviction, Nevill's narrative tears us apart at the end of the book. It's all too true in our troubled times, and I fear the novel will grow increasingly topical as the years unfold -- Gary Fry Lost Girl is a novel that is tough and will hit hard, particularly for those, as the father observes, born partially stricken by so many solvents of the heart. . . . Lost Girl seems to be one of Nevill's most deeply personal novels, and I think it is his best * Literature Works * The king of darkness has donned a new mantle for a brilliant thriller that envisions a terrifying future . . . Nevill's writing is eloquent, spare and breathtakingly detailed, persuading us through the medium of words and compelling visual description that this is a future not of fantasy or make-believe, but grounded in the reality of a planet under serious threat * Lancashire Evening Blues * Lost Girl holds up an unflinching mirror to our reality, and it's not a pretty sight. It does, however, also hold out a thin hope for humanity - and after reading this, you'll probably feel that we need one * Murder and Mayhem *


About the Author

Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill was born in England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of several novels of supernatural horror, including Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual and Last Days. He lives in Birmingham.

Author photo © Tania Glyde

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Publication date

22nd October 2015

Author

Adam Nevill

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Horror
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781447240914

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