Author: Simon Bestwick
Publisher: Solaris Books
Page count: 412pp
Release date: 2 Feb 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Jobless and depressed, Martyn just can’t seem to motivate himself and this is wearing hard on his wife Eva. Things become even worse when a fire strikes a local school and Eva dies, leaving Martyn to care for his young daughter Mary, with the help of his sister Anna. Widowed and distraught, Martyn and Mary move into Anna’s as a support mechanism as he tries to recover from the loss of his wife.
As more people are killed or go missing, DCI Renwick and Sergeant Stakowski reluctantly accept help in their various cases from TV psychic Allen Cowell, who is drawn inexplicably into the events occurring in Kempforth, events that include the horrific local legends; The Spindly Men.
Creepy and atmospheric, this supernatural novel is proof positive that Bestwick is a strong new voice in British horror. The characters are well constructed, the narrative is imbued with atmosphere, the story is unsettling and the excerpts from WWI diaries that are weaved throughout the book are authentic and disturbing. It is clear Bestwick has researched the historical aspects of the novel fully and I predict a solid literary career for him, given the extent to which this book alarms the reader.
The Faceless is a genuinely creepy, classic book.