Maneater

Maneater

by Dyfed Edwards, Thomas Emson

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Overview

She’s not sweet. She’s not nice. She doesn’t fight evil. She doesn’t protect the weak. She doesn’t work in an office by day and have a secret identity by night. She doesn’t have friends and family who know nothing about her, but when they find out they love her anyway. She’s not cool. She’s not clever. She’s not kind to animals. She won’t help children, the elderly, and those less fortunate than herself.

In fact, she doesn’t care. But if you hurt her, she will kill you. Actually, she’ll do worse than that. . .Meet Laura. She’ll eat you alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905005840
Publisher: Snowbooks Limited
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas Emson is a writer who lives under another name. Born and raised in North Wales, he has been a singer-songwriter, an author, and a journalist. He has published fiction in the Welsh language, but Maneater is his first English-language novel. He lives in Kent with a wonderful woman, an elderly cat, and two house rabbits.

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Maneater 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not exactly an original urban fantasy premise, but for a first attempt from an author who apparently doesn't normally write fiction, not bad either. Laura Greenacre is a werewolf, something she's know about since she was young, but as her family was murdered when she was four she has no idea how or why she exists. She's been existing with the dregs of society hiding her secrets and scarcely interacting with the world. John Thorn is a police officer on bodyguard duty for the famous Sir Adam Templeman. When the guard dogs are brutally killed during one of Templeman's parties he realises that his job might not be as easy as first thought. Sir Adam's son Michael obviously knows more about this than seems reasonable and John Thorn's instincts are roused.Multiple points of View all surround Laura and it's only in a few chapters that we get to see how she thinks and feels. Together with rapid jumps in time and location make the opening third of this book a bit of a confusing and disorientating read, but it's worth sticking with as the characters settle down and the pace picks up. There seems to be a trend in modern urban fantasy for plenty of violence and sex, and this is no exception. I'm not quite sure why it's necessary, animals don't have sex any more often than humans, and its not clear that they enjoy it more either, but that doesn't stop authors from shovelling it in. It's not too graphic in Maneater, although the violence quotient is fairly high as may be expected from a werewolf. Plotwise it all hangs together quite well. There seems to be a sideplot featuring a rapist picking on one of Laura's colleagues added for no reason relating to the main events. Maybe an overly fierce editor at work paring out some extra details that could have remained in situ - also the case in the early parts of the book where more characterisation would have been appreciated. The other notable hole is the complete ineptitude of the police in following leads or using technology available in the explicitly stated 1999s. Despite this it remains an enjoyable if dark read. There is some genuinely funny 1 liners, and several very good moments of dramatic tension, plus of course Laura. The ending is obviously set up for a sequel - a bad habit for authors to get into - but there is enough association with the characters that I'd be interested in reading it whenever it comes out providing that, unlike so many of its contemporaries, it doesn't descend into a sex and violence fest, that this book manages to avoid so well. Overall, an enjoyable romp through the Northern English countryside and a good look at the darker underbelly of life.
tina1969 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a really good werewolf tale. Full of gore and suspense and it's left open for another book. 10/10 for me.
nicolamattos More than 1 year ago
Maneater is infused with vice: greed, and power and Emson flexes his literary muscle to convey just that. He's plausibly set forth a tale of two ancient bloodlines warring for countless centuries, waging their battle in flashbacks and in contemporary London. The chronicle of Laura Greenacre, the last full-blooded werewolf of the Greenacre clan is riveting as she butts claws with the Templeton's, the distinguished society family responsible for massacring all the members of her vast clan. She'll stop at nothing to exact revenge. Shunning their lycanthropic side for generations, the Templeton's finally realize the power they've denied themselves. Getting their hands on Laura's pure blood and wielding it indiscriminately is the goal of the new patriarch intent on building up his clan's strength and power once again. It's a battle to the bloody, meaty death as the Templeton's hire a team of mercs to take out Laura. Emson is deliciously inventive, brutal and precise. Maneater is like no other werewolf tale you've read recently. A lonely werewolf girl, Laura Greenacre is not. She's nothing like Millar's character, or any other shifter you've been exposed to. Instead she is a ravening beast, ruled purely by instinct, and dead set on revenge. Emson does not trifle with wasted energy at times; we don't get to really peer in depth into the minds of his characters to make an emotional connection with the exception of Laura and perhaps Thorn. And while there is a certain fragility to her, don't be fooled, Maneater is meant to be undiluted horror and that's exactly what it is. I purposely had to stop tearing so fast through the book in order to really savor each scene. This is because Emson's paragraphs are honed with scalpel-like precision, like a surgeon slicing a neat red path featuring the diverse and believable pov's of his characters. And those differing perspectives, coupled with Emson's sparse language gives Maneater the overall feel of a rapidly paced film. The battle of Trafalgar Square, Emson's climax to the book and by far the best treat is absolutely gripping as Laura goes head to head against the Templeton's while tourists and police are caught within the bloody fray. Maneater is a fresh infusion to the genre, ruthless, bold, and immensely entertaining. It ends on a deviously clever cliffhanger. A vial of Laura's blood gets into the hands of a Templeton and with it a worldwide hunt ensues as alliances are systematically made and crushed. Prey, Emson's coveted sequel is already queued up in my TBR pile and is expected to be just as engrossing and grisly. A Fiendishly Bookish Review