The Quickening

Julie Myerson

The Quickening

Rachel and Dan want to go somewhere hot in January.

Recently married and expecting their first baby, they decide on an island in the Caribbean. Why not turn it into a honeymoon, Dan says?

A holiday in paradise. It ought to be perfect. Except that, for Rachel, it's not. Things take a sinister turn as soon as they arrive.

As furniture shifts and objects fly around, as a waitress begs her to leave and a fellow guest makes her increasingly uneasy, Rachel realises everything she holds most dear is at stake and nothing is quite as it seems... 3.4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

The Quickening

Omniscore:

Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 288
RRP
Date of Publication March 2013
ISBN 978-0099580232
Publisher Hammer
 

Rachel and Dan want to go somewhere hot in January.

Recently married and expecting their first baby, they decide on an island in the Caribbean. Why not turn it into a honeymoon, Dan says?

A holiday in paradise. It ought to be perfect. Except that, for Rachel, it's not. Things take a sinister turn as soon as they arrive.

As furniture shifts and objects fly around, as a waitress begs her to leave and a fellow guest makes her increasingly uneasy, Rachel realises everything she holds most dear is at stake and nothing is quite as it seems...

Then by Julie Myerson.

Reviews

The Spectator

Zenga Longmore

I found it to be genuinely scary and enthralling. Myerson’s gift of breathing life into her characters is so effective that I worried passionately about Rachel and Dan as they stumbled through ever more unlikely plot twists. In short, crisp sentences we are led not only into the disturbed mind of a haunted, pregnant woman, but also into the horrific world of English tourists drinking themselves into oblivion in the Caribbean.

30/03/2013

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The Times

Kate Saunders

The pace is terrific and she keeps your pulse pounding.

06/04/2013

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The Guardian

John O'Connell

Myerson can churn this stuff out in her sleep – a more apt title might be The Quota Quickie. But while she draws self-consciously on doomy-holiday classics like The Comfort of Strangers and Don't Look Now, that doesn't mean the results aren't worthwhile. On the contrary, she's superb at freighting innocuous everyday banter with ambiguity and dread.

06/04/2013

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The Observer

Louise Doughty

The Quickening may be a specific commission but it is still Sleepwalking's grandchild, parented by Myerson's intervening novels, particularly Laura Blundy and The Story of You.

31/03/2013

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Scotland on Sunday

Katie Law

Right up until the extremely violent ending, the question of whether Rachel is bonkers or not remains tantalisingly unclear even if, as a tale of the supernatural in which objects move by themselves, it doesn’t quite come off. It’s a good fast read; just the thing for your next Caribbean holiday.

24/04/2013

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The Daily Express

Charlotte Heathcote

The Quickening is hindered by a frustrating number of red herrings, from hints that Dan is more familiar with Antigua than he is letting on (a storyline so intriguing that you wish it had gone somewhere) to the ambiguous nature of Dan’s relationship with Rufus’s wife. Also, Myerson adopts a casual style which somehow manages to sound stilted.

24/03/2013

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