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The Quick

Owen, Lauren (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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"Lauren Owen's thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. On the cusp of achieving a happiness long denied to him, he vanishes without a trace. In Yorkshire, his sister Charlotte - only in her twenties but already resigned to life as a rural spinster - sets out to find her brother. Her search for answers leads her to one of the country's pre-eminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the richest, most ambitious men in England. Trying to save James - and herself - from the Club's designs, Charlotte uncovers a secret world at the city's margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling "Dr. Knife." As emotionally involving as it is suspenseful, The Quick will establish its young author as one of contemporary fiction's most dazzling talents" -- Provided by publisher
Authors: Owen, Lauren, 1985-
Title: The quick
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Summary: "Lauren Owen's thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. On the cusp of achieving a happiness long denied to him, he vanishes without a trace. In Yorkshire, his sister Charlotte - only in her twenties but already resigned to life as a rural spinster - sets out to find her brother. Her search for answers leads her to one of the country's pre-eminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the richest, most ambitious men in England. Trying to save James - and herself - from the Club's designs, Charlotte uncovers a secret world at the city's margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling "Dr. Knife." As emotionally involving as it is suspenseful, The Quick will establish its young author as one of contemporary fiction's most dazzling talents" -- Provided by publisher
ISBN: 9780812993271
0812993276
Branch Call Number: FICTION OWEN...L
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"Lauren Owen's thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to t... Read More »


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Sep 26, 2014
  • wmtlady rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the first 20 pages an then it got incredibly boring. I scanned to the end; where was the "can't put it down" debut book so many raved about?

Delve into the world of vampires in Lauren Owen's first novel. With a Gothic vibe, the reader is immediately immersed into mysterious happenings, damsels in distress, and of course bloodthirsty vampires!

I have a sneaky suspicion a sequel may be in the works.

Aug 20, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Absorbing Gothic read. Deep, complex and well written with some tightly crafted suspense too.

This is not quite the book that you think it is going to be.

Blurbed by no lesser than Kate Atkinson, Tana French and Hilary Mantel, you would image this to be a literary heavy hitter.

Instead, it is a light Victorian gothic/paranormal romp through the twisting corners of London - the cigar smoke-filled exclusive clubs of powerful men to the ragged slums of the street children.

Heavy on the macabre and, literally quite heavy at 500 + pages, this debut clips along to a satisfying conclusion.

Recommended for fans of the paranormal genre who have a bit of a crush on Hilary Mantel.

Jul 13, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story though she sure left an opening for a sequel - in the last paragraph!

Jul 11, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'll try my best to not spoil the big twist here. It comes on rather early and, upon reading the preceding pages again, can be seen coming once you know what you're looking for. At the time I was a bit shocked and was convinced I had missed something.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm a sucker for Victorian Gothic and I really did like the way things were going up until the moment when the book becomes something else. After that point it didn't really succeed in engaging me. Maybe because I hadn't expected it and was now dropped into a different kind of story. In the vein it isn't even a particularly good telling of that sort of tale. It's been done better by others before. The Quick does get points for managing to avoid use of a particular word for the vast majority of this 500+ page book. That was another problem, it just got so long and a bit rambling. I love atmospheric prose as much as the next person but it just wasn't doing it for me.

I can't help but feel there may be a sequel coming too. If you make it through until the end you'll see what I mean.

NYPL Staff Pick
This debut novel reads like a penny dreadful about a mysterious, elite club in Victorian London. Owen deftly moves this gothic tale along and its unexpected twists and turns are quite unlike its simple beginning.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

A sinister and intriguing tale of horror with many twists, turns, and complications. Readers of Gothic novels love will love this one and hope the author returns with more.

This debut novel reads like a penny dreadful about a mysterious, elite club in Victorian London. Owen deftly moves this gothic tale along and its unexpected twists and turns are quite unlike its simple beginning.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent vampire novel taking place in old London.... good vampires vs bad vampires; good vampires gone bad; and a sister trying to save her brother after he had been changed.

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