The Quick, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy.

In time, you will enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide.

It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780224096386



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The Quick is an engaging first novel by Lauren Owen, set in Victorian London. I was a bit put off at first, since nothing in the book’s publicity or cover blurbs revealed that the Victorian London of the setting includes vampires. I probably wouldn’t have signed up for it if the publisher had been a little more honest, so maybe their strategy makes sense. In the end, the book is engagingly written, if a little long, and evokes a suitably mysterious London. It’s not Arthur Conan Doyle, but I kept turning the pages and wanted to see how the plot turned out.
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A smart, atmospheric tale of horror set, mainly, in late Victorian London, with a ghastly, crumbling abandoned pile in Yorkshire thrown in for good measure. The creepy evil creatures provide plenty of chills. The heroes are suitably hapless and ultimately doomed. There are plenty of plot twists, each one ratcheting up the troubled world we find ourselves in. With each twist the focus of the novel changes presenting different points of view and keeping us off-balance throughout.This is a disturbing book in that we are kept guessing where the story arc is going from start to finish, so it is difficult to feel comfortable about what you can expect to happen next.Entirely recommended as an original entry to the modern gothic fiction genre.

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