A novel based on the tv show Torchwood. Telling an original story for characters from the series, that never appeared in any other format prior to this.
It runs for two hundred and fifty one pages. It's divided into many short and unnumbered chapters. Each has a heading to tell you who the viewpoint character of the chapter is.
As with all Torchwood, it's strictly for grown ups.
It is also a prequel to Miracle Day, the fourth season of the show on tv, as it shows what Gwen and Rhys did prior to that, and post the third season, Children of Earth.
That will only make sense to those who saw Children of Earth, but if you're reading this, then you undoubtedly did.
Gwen and Rhys are in hiding. Running from enemies. They are also new parents.
They are living in a small village in the middle of nowhere called Rawbone. Which appears to be normal. But is actually hiding a terrible secret past. And some residents who behave unnaturally. Which is why the people there are so interested in their child.
Once again, Gwen and Rhys have to stand and fight to save the planet...
The book changes viewpoint character between chapters. Mostly it's either Gwen or Rhys. But some others do creep in as it goes along.
All chapters are in the first person.
The first third of this is superb. Creating a vivid picture of the two characters, with spot on characterisation of both, as they adjust to things and parenthood. Rawbone is a vivid and realistic feeling place as well.
Plot does start to kick in once you get to the middle third, but then, even with some excellent revelations and set up, said plot does rather move a bit slowly for the whole second third of the book.
It all kicks in big time come the final third, managing to make the presence of a character who is not with Gwen and Rhys at this time in their lives felt, and it does resolve itself in a superbly unexpected manner. With a memorable final chapter that does live for a while.
All in all a really good and above average volume. Just for a bit faster pacing in the middle, it would be a five star read. Still well worth a look though.
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