Lost Girl – Adam Nevill

by Timothy J Jarvis

Just finished this and it kept me gripped right to the end. It’s  quite different from the other Adam Nevill novels I’ve read. Firstly, it’s not horror, the genre he’s best known for, or not exactly horror, though there is plenty of horror in it, and a subtle, ambiguous speculative element that involves a bleak, black rite. It’s a thriller that sets a frantic father’s harrowing search for his abducted daughter against the backdrop of a near-future world on the brink of catastrophe. It’s fast paced, but, amid the brutal deaths that accompany the father’s increasingly frenetic spree, there are also chilling meditations on the devastation the Anthropocene has wrought on the world and some Ballardian psychology of decadence and decay.