When her fiance Vince goes missing Angela Gough, an American criminology student, discovers that he was a part of this secretive trade. Read more...
When her fiance Vince goes missing Angela Gough, an American criminology student, discovers that he was a part of this secretive trade. It's a big-money business--shadowy, brutal, and sometimes fatal. As the trail leads her deeper into London's dark side, she crosses paths with a crime lord whose life is dedicated to collecting such relics.
Then Angela discovers that some of these objects aren't as ancient as they seem. Some of them are fresh. Gripping supernatural terror launching a new trilogy by the acclaimed author of Coldbrook ("distinct, unique, and absorbing"), The Silence ("truly addictive"), and the Alien-Predator "Rage War. "Tim Lebbon's RELICS opens a darkly beautiful glimpse into another world, one lurking in the shadows, hovering at the corner of the eye. If Anne Rice and Clive Barker had written a story together, it might have looked something like this novel: richly imagined, fantastical, yet grounded in the grit and reality of modern-day London. I look forward to the wonders and terrors yet to come."--JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Labyrinth "A magical, perilous drama full of characters who live and breathe, darkness you can feel..."--Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat "Tim Lebbon is an immense talent."--Joe R. Lansdale, creator of Hap and Leonard
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Fans of Lebbon (The Silence) will know to expect supernatural horror, but here its delivered only to those willing to wait. Little distinguishes the opening from a mid-1970s Updike novel. Angela and Vince are an ordinary couple in suburban London. Shes from Boston (or so the narrative claims, unconvincingly) and working on a doctorate in criminology; hes in real estate. Angelas none too clear on Vinces exact job, and she gets a lot less certain when Vince goes AWOL and his purported bosses shrug. Putting her true-crime reading to use, she tracks him through the citys shadows while a battered Vince grapples with mysterious captors. Its difficult to say which audience this book is intended for. Horror aficionados must be patient with the lengthy setup before the threats take form, and fans of character-driven storytelling are confronted with clichés: a woman who says no to sex even when shes interested, just because; the man who says he loves her but jumps in bed with a beautiful stranger, just because. Lebbons visual imagination is good, and his experience with movie novelizations is amply evident, but his subject matter could stand to be refreshed. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Mar.)