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From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, Night Train is a science-fiction horror story like no other. A woman wakes up, frightened and alone - with no idea where she is. She's in a room but it's shaking and jumping like it's alive. Stumbling through a door, she realizes she is in a train carriage. A carriage full of the dead. This is the Night Train. A bizarre ride on From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, Night Train is a science-fiction horror story like no other. A woman wakes up, frightened and alone - with no idea where she is. She's in a room but it's shaking and jumping like it's alive. Stumbling through a door, she realizes she is in a train carriage. A carriage full of the dead. This is the Night Train. A bizarre ride on a terrifying locomotive, heading somewhere into the endless night. How did the woman get here? Who is she? And who are the dead? As she struggles to reach the front of the train, through strange and horrifying creatures with stranger stories, each step takes her closer to finding out the train's hideous secret. Next stop: unknown.


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From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, Night Train is a science-fiction horror story like no other. A woman wakes up, frightened and alone - with no idea where she is. She's in a room but it's shaking and jumping like it's alive. Stumbling through a door, she realizes she is in a train carriage. A carriage full of the dead. This is the Night Train. A bizarre ride on From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, Night Train is a science-fiction horror story like no other. A woman wakes up, frightened and alone - with no idea where she is. She's in a room but it's shaking and jumping like it's alive. Stumbling through a door, she realizes she is in a train carriage. A carriage full of the dead. This is the Night Train. A bizarre ride on a terrifying locomotive, heading somewhere into the endless night. How did the woman get here? Who is she? And who are the dead? As she struggles to reach the front of the train, through strange and horrifying creatures with stranger stories, each step takes her closer to finding out the train's hideous secret. Next stop: unknown.

30 review for Night Train

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    **AVAILABLE NOW** So, uh... Hmmm... Well then... Yea... I think Night Train was supposed to be a horror novel, but it definitely was not. I'd say it falls more into the science fiction/mystery realm. But no matter the genre, this wasn't a great story. The synopsis sounded so intriguing, although I admittedly didn't find the book cover particularly enthralling. Unfortunately, the story was choppy, the plot holes were numerous, the characters were not remotely believable, and the dialogue...oh, that d **AVAILABLE NOW** So, uh... Hmmm... Well then... Yea... I think Night Train was supposed to be a horror novel, but it definitely was not. I'd say it falls more into the science fiction/mystery realm. But no matter the genre, this wasn't a great story. The synopsis sounded so intriguing, although I admittedly didn't find the book cover particularly enthralling. Unfortunately, the story was choppy, the plot holes were numerous, the characters were not remotely believable, and the dialogue...oh, that dialogue...it was dreadful. When you're facing death, there is usually tension and suspense...not corny jokes and goofy asides. I think that was my biggest gripe...as the characters explored this mysterious train, there was zero tension. They'd face a bizarre creature, then immediately go right to sleep. Shouldn't at least one of them stay awake as a lookout? There was also a weird fascination with food...they were constantly eating. And let's be real here...how long does it take to walk through train cars? These folks would walk through two, then need a nap and more food. So much about this story simply didn't make sense. I had to force myself to keep reading, which means I absolutely am not recommending this one. 1.5 stars Available September 29, 2020. **Despite my negative review, I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to Edelweiss and Titan Books for my review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/07/19/... It’s interesting that on the cover of this one there is a blurb from Neil Gaiman, because Night Train actually feels like a story Gaiman could have written and that his fans would like. And I definitely mean that as a compliment. However, despite the wildly imaginative concepts in this darkly eccentric horror, the style was simply not for me. To put it plainly, this book was just straight-up weird. So weird, I wouldn’t even 2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/07/19/... It’s interesting that on the cover of this one there is a blurb from Neil Gaiman, because Night Train actually feels like a story Gaiman could have written and that his fans would like. And I definitely mean that as a compliment. However, despite the wildly imaginative concepts in this darkly eccentric horror, the style was simply not for me. To put it plainly, this book was just straight-up weird. So weird, I wouldn’t even know how I would go about summarizing the story, but here goes nothing. As the novel opens, a young woman wakes up on a train surrounded by corpses. She can’t remember who she is or how she got there, but decides to adopt the name Garland based on the name patch stitched to the uniform-like clothing she finds herself wearing. As the train continues to hurtle through a nightmarish alien landscape, Garland soon discovers the presence of other passengers, who are just as frightened and confused as she is. As a group, they all decide to work together to make sense of their situation, beginning their exploration of the train by going from car to car. But instead of answers, they only find more strangeness, like bizarre creatures and pocket worlds of surreal and impossible environments. There is no rhyme or reason to the things they experience, as everything on their mysterious train seems to defy the laws of the real world. I think I realized fairly early on that Night Train wasn’t for me, but I persisted anyway, hoping the story would start making sense. And in a very surface-level way, a rough framework of a plot did begin emerging after a certain point, but unfortunately, the disjointed and abstract structure of the book didn’t change one bit. Needless to say, I felt untethered and lost amidst all this ambiguity, and I struggled as a result. That said, I will give this book some major points for humor, which was an element I did not expect in this strange dark tale. Clearly, the author used the laughs to emphasize the surrealism of it all, and I have to say he did with great effect. We mostly have the characters to thank for this, as well as the crackling dynamics that resulted from throwing together a group of confused strangers on a train from hell. The characters themselves were well-written, even the couple of those with personalities that were deliberately exaggerated or over-the-top. It made for some hilarious dialogue and lighter moments that left me howling. But while the humor might have alleviated some of the frustration I felt from the confusing storyline, I couldn’t say I really enjoyed the book overall. In addition to the muddled plot, the overall mystery also dragged somewhat, ironically because the author kept ramping up the chaos by dropping our characters into increasingly crazy and nonsensical situations without giving up any solid answers. Bottom line, I can only put up with being left in the dark and going in circles for so long until I begin to lose my shit. Ultimately, Night Train was not the book I expected, though I’m glad I plowed on if nothing else to experience the humor. But as a story, it simply felt too fragmented and confusing, leaving me lost for most of the time. That being said, I’m sure the book will find an audience. If you’re a fan of postmodern dark horror with a good dose of the weird and surreal, you may enjoy this. Audiobook Comments: The narrator has a rather strong accent, one which made me listen the audio of Night Train on a slower speed setting than normal, at least until I could get used to her voice and pronunciations. But other than that, I found no issues with narration or production, had a good listen.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Smart

    Not sure about this one, very original story in some ways but overall a bit disappointing especially as I had been looking forward to this story for sometime.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maximilian Birner

    Night Train was very disappointing. I love books where the plot features very few characters in a setting of constant danger and ambiguity. But, this didn't hold up. I was very close to DNFing this the first 25%, but I told myself that the train events were going to get increasingly crazier and crazier, so for then I was along for the ride. But there was one massive issue I had with Night Train, which was the dialogue. In the horror category especially I should feel fear and empathy for the chara Night Train was very disappointing. I love books where the plot features very few characters in a setting of constant danger and ambiguity. But, this didn't hold up. I was very close to DNFing this the first 25%, but I told myself that the train events were going to get increasingly crazier and crazier, so for then I was along for the ride. But there was one massive issue I had with Night Train, which was the dialogue. In the horror category especially I should feel fear and empathy for the characters, but it completely lacked that. Of course, I didn't want a stone-cold book of survival, but when the three are confronting a monster I'd expect a little bit more of a reaction instead of just telling jokes and acting like this is all of what they've seen before. It drained all feelings I had for them and this book by the lack of fear or anything I was feeling. I also did find the plot almost too simple. Yes, trains with a new mystery inside every carriage are supposed to be crazy, but I couldn't help feeling that I was a little letdown. It was the same old monsters and everything strange that you WOULD expect. Everything was predictable in an unpredictable way if that makes sense. How I differentiate ratings between one star and two stars isn't necessarily how I felt about them, because they usually both make me feel the same way. But what makes this a one star is that I can't think of friends who are lovers of the horror genre whom I could recommend this to.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    I really like David Quantick, as a comedian, as a critic.. as a horror author? Not so much. My problem with Night Train is that it never becomes real enough - the outside world is just darkness with some colourful explosions in it, it feels empty. All of the book reads like you're in a dream, which isn't bad in itself, but the lack of reality makes the horrific parts of the book not come across. The horror does not connect. All of it feels like a parable, which doesn't really work. It also doesn't I really like David Quantick, as a comedian, as a critic.. as a horror author? Not so much. My problem with Night Train is that it never becomes real enough - the outside world is just darkness with some colourful explosions in it, it feels empty. All of the book reads like you're in a dream, which isn't bad in itself, but the lack of reality makes the horrific parts of the book not come across. The horror does not connect. All of it feels like a parable, which doesn't really work. It also doesn't help that the book's set up instantly makes me think of Snowpiercer, and not unfairly. Characters are shallow and simple (back to the parable, again). All in all it reads a bit like a bad episode of (new) Doctor Who. (Kindly received an ARC from Titan Books through NetGalley)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Absolutely brilliant. Read in one sitting this is an amazingly crazy yet extremely clever read, surreal and wonderfully descriptive with an imaginative premise and a very visual feel to the prose. Full review for publication but definitely highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    Night Train is a sci-fi mystery where a woman wakes up in a silent carriage with fifteen dead people, and no memory of how she got there. I instantly knew this wasn’t the horror novel I was looking for when the author started introducing this strange technical world of games, computers, puzzles, etc. So now - with the help of another man she meets on the train - she slowly recognizes that both of them are part of something bigger than they thought. Overall, this was a good, action-packed read fo Night Train is a sci-fi mystery where a woman wakes up in a silent carriage with fifteen dead people, and no memory of how she got there. I instantly knew this wasn’t the horror novel I was looking for when the author started introducing this strange technical world of games, computers, puzzles, etc. So now - with the help of another man she meets on the train - she slowly recognizes that both of them are part of something bigger than they thought. Overall, this was a good, action-packed read for fans of sci-fi/dystopian novels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rob Ail

    All of My Colors was one of my top books of 2019 so I was excited for this one. A plot that reminded me of Snowpiercer it involves people trying to find a way off of a mysterious train. At just under 300 pages a lot of time is spent discussing various train car layouts. By the time you get to the end the master plot is laid out in Bond villian style. The conclusion wasn't very satisfying and the world was confusing. With a more sci-fi plot there wasn't enough meat on the bones with this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ‘Night Train’ by David Quantick was not on my radar at all, until I saw Tony Jones comment on a Twitter thread or Facebook post that he was reading it and was really enjoying it. I jumped onto Netgalley to take a look and was intrigued by the cover, the synopsis but also the endorsement by Neil Gaiman. I was a bit worried about requesting it through Netgalley, as I’d been turned down more times than approved, so I kept my hopes low. When I got the notification that I had been approved, I was so e ‘Night Train’ by David Quantick was not on my radar at all, until I saw Tony Jones comment on a Twitter thread or Facebook post that he was reading it and was really enjoying it. I jumped onto Netgalley to take a look and was intrigued by the cover, the synopsis but also the endorsement by Neil Gaiman. I was a bit worried about requesting it through Netgalley, as I’d been turned down more times than approved, so I kept my hopes low. When I got the notification that I had been approved, I was so excited! I dove into this one right away. What I liked: ‘Night Train’ is just that – a locomotive out of control, barrelling down the tracks. This book was equal parts ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘1984.’ We are introduced to a woman, who awakens on a train. She has no idea how or why she is there and is even unsure of who she is. From there Quantick creates a truly engrossing and engaging claustrophobic story. I couldn’t stop reading this one. Usually I have five or six books on the go, but once I started this one, I had to read it before anything else. I wanted to know just what the heck was going on, who these characters were and as we begin to learn more and more about the back story, the world outside of the train and speed towards the finale, I was pulled in harder and harder. Quantick has an Emmy win for his work on ‘Veep’ which means a lot of this is dialogue driven, which worked really well. The banter between the three characters that are ultimately introduced was fantastic and made them that much more relatable, especially as their individual back stories are shared. The train itself, while not fully a character as the setting, also brings an added element. Truthfully, I sometimes get turned off by stories purely centered on action on trains, simply because that’s it, there is nowhere else to go, but Quantick quickly dispelled any reservations I had. Lastly, the things that are encountered on the various train cars are fantastic and with the way this book ended, I sure hope we get a follow up. What I didn’t like: One thing this book is lacking is ‘definitive answers.’ Ultimately, I think this will be the thing that will sway a reader whether they loved this book or it wasn’t for them. I ate it up, but that was the biggest thing I kept repeating to myself – I wanted just a bit more information, a bit more definition or details. Why you should buy this: Titan Books continue to put out some truly stunning works and ‘Night Train’ is another fantastic addition. This book was thoroughly engrossing and as mentioned before, I simply couldn’t put it down. The characters were great and the dystopian/apocalyptic world outside of the train was mesmerizing. This was a winner from page one all the way until the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peter Baran

    I like David Quantick as a music writer, and have seen his dry and very fast wit well represented in his TV comedy writing work (I know he did a lot of the heavy lifting of TV Burp which is not an easy gig). So I was interested in this dystopian sci-fi novel from him, which I assumed would be a blackly comic romp. Well its a romp, and there are gags in it (kudos for the Stations Of The Cross becoming the Stations Of The Very Angry), but this did not really work for me. Whilst its got gonzo ideas I like David Quantick as a music writer, and have seen his dry and very fast wit well represented in his TV comedy writing work (I know he did a lot of the heavy lifting of TV Burp which is not an easy gig). So I was interested in this dystopian sci-fi novel from him, which I assumed would be a blackly comic romp. Well its a romp, and there are gags in it (kudos for the Stations Of The Cross becoming the Stations Of The Very Angry), but this did not really work for me. Whilst its got gonzo ideas to spare, and starts with a solid bang* the plot and setting makes little sense, even when the god character turns up and explains everything. Its episodic, visual and reminded me of nothing more than the outline for a 90's 2000AD script where satire battles with the need for a cliffhanger every five pages. The Night Train is a train which our heroine Garland wakes up on. Its empty, except a carriage full of dead people. It doesn't stop, but outside is some sort of hellish landscape. She soon comes across Banks in a buffet car (Quantick puts a lot of buffet cars in his train to allow for exploration), a gruff man who remembers his past well enough but not the past well enough to recognise that the two of them are named after SF authors (initially I though Garland was Judy, considering mysterious waking up is very Dorothy). After a few monsters on the train they come across Poppy a superpowered cyborg teen skier (cue flashbacks), and nothing really makes any sense after this. I understand that the train is a metaphor - I've seen Snowpiercer - but it is also a train. So carriages with bizarre monsters in, traps, clones, more buffet cars all sort of mean something. But it is mainly for stuff to happen before we get to the revelation which tries to sell the line that in an endless war the safest place to be is on a constantly moving train. If I learnt anything from watching Lost is that the longer you set up a meaningful mystery the more the revelation has to make sense. In this one it is unclear the timeline of events, how many people are left in the world, the level of technology (we have cyborg skier but train...?) It feels cobbled together from lots of other dystopias without too much naturalisation - I do not need everything to be explained but when you add a character in to explain it well he has to convince. Best read as for the moments of light wit, and if you like sweary gorey carnage - but even then I would probably direct you to better 2000AD strips. *Its not his fault that its the second book I have read in a fortnight where a female protagonist wakes up with no memory. But it does now feel a bit of a hackneyed way of letting me know the protagonist was a baddie in the past and I want you to have some sympathy before you discover who they are. [NetGalley ARC]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jade - theelderbooks

    The promise of the book is pretty interesting ! We have a woman waking up in a strange train, surrounded by dead people, and without any memory of who she is and what she's doing here. The fact that the story takes place on a train reminded me a lot of "Snowpiercer", and that's a great thing for this book ! Although the strange mood catches you straight from the first pages on, the writing style also does. I felt like everything was overdescribed. I mean, when the action is confined to a train, I The promise of the book is pretty interesting ! We have a woman waking up in a strange train, surrounded by dead people, and without any memory of who she is and what she's doing here. The fact that the story takes place on a train reminded me a lot of "Snowpiercer", and that's a great thing for this book ! Although the strange mood catches you straight from the first pages on, the writing style also does. I felt like everything was overdescribed. I mean, when the action is confined to a train, I guess you have to focus descriptions a lot more on the small things, but I felt like not everything was needed. I also found myself faced to a paradox : Even though I found the overdescription a little boring sometimes, and it made me feel like nothing was happening, the book was also packed with action ! There's ALWAYS something happening. Every second is tense and the characters are constantly on the lookout for the next danger. I never caught a break while reading ! I can't believe how this book was both slow and fast. What truly made me rate it 3 stars though is the fact that I felt the story dragged for no real reason. The characters merely explore various cars of the train for basically no reason. Of course, there's a different action in every car but it felt more like filling for the story than anything else. Except for a few events in some cars, there is no justification for the narration to tell the reader what's inside those cars, or to create a chapter around it. It's really just filler narration. I did enjoy the creepy mood that was installed from the first pages on. It's just mysterious and you never know what's going to happen next ! That's kind of thrilling ! The mood was definitely the best aspect of the story :) Can I also say it also reminded me of some kind of Dr. Who episode ??? I could totally picture the Doctor and their companion(s) exploring the train to find experiments and find new races of aliens ! I now 100% want a Who/Night Train crossover ! It would be awesome ! That leads me to my next point : HOW DO THE CHARACTERS ALL REMAIN SO CALM IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT ??? I mean, they keep encountering the worst things, they're lost, don't know who or where they are and they remain sooooooooo calm like nothing is out of the ordinary. I get that since they don't have their memory anymore and don't know what's normal anymore but still. When you see and hear creepy stuff, your brain reacts with fear, but not for them. Their reactions are just illogical. I was most disappointed with the end. When I finished, I just thought : "All this for that ?" Yep. It's all just so predictable and simple. Such a shame, there were so many different possibilites to finish the book, so many explanations that could have been found, but no. To conclude, it was an interesting book, full of action, with a captivating mood, but I don't think it has reached its story's full potential.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This week’s read, Night Train by David Quantick, is a sci-fi thriller with just a dash of horror sprinkled in for good measure. Set on a mysterious train travelling through the dark night, full of danger and the unknown; adventure abounds. Sounds like a winner to me. All aboard, this review is now leaving the station. Please ensure you have your tickets ready for inspection. Garland is an enigma even to herself. She wakes up alone with no memory of who she is and how she came to be where she is. This week’s read, Night Train by David Quantick, is a sci-fi thriller with just a dash of horror sprinkled in for good measure. Set on a mysterious train travelling through the dark night, full of danger and the unknown; adventure abounds. Sounds like a winner to me. All aboard, this review is now leaving the station. Please ensure you have your tickets ready for inspection. Garland is an enigma even to herself. She wakes up alone with no memory of who she is and how she came to be where she is. A name badge on her clothing is the only clue, but is that a red herring? As a central character she works well, her drive to find answers keeps things moving forward. For Garland, accepting the status quo is not an option. The fact she swears constantly when annoyed, she is annoyed a lot, was an added bonus. The first person Garland meets is a strange man who goes by the name of Banks. He has been on his own for quite some time, having set up a home in a buffet car. Banks isn’t suffering from amnesia, he knows who he is, but can’t understand why he has woken up with someone else’s face. His backstory does a great job of fleshing out the wider world that the Night Train inhabits. It felt to me like Banks acts as the conscience that Garland is missing. Garland is often very single-minded and it is only Banks that makes her stop and think. They complement one another well. The standout character for me though, is Poppy; she’s the wildcard. Confident to the point of smugness, she has all the best lines, has the snarkiest attitude and does whatever she wants whenever she wants. I love her mildly unhinged approach to everything. Poppy always has a plan of action, and it usually involves the most direct route to any given goal. When it comes to dealing with any obstacle, most people would consider how best to get over, under or around. Poppy tends to go with a default of through, whether there is an easier option or not. She has a gleeful no-nonsense expediency which leads to some of the novel’s best moments. I could quite happily read an entire novel of Poppy just getting things done in her own inimitable style. The search for answers is always a good motivational tool when it comes to a hero’s journey, and on the Night Train there are more than enough questions to go around. As this dysfunctional little family move through each new carriage of the train, more secrets are unearthed. What unseen power is behind their incarceration? Why is it always night? Quantick drip feeds the reader little hints, scattering the plot with the odd flashback here and there to build up a sense of tension. There some nice moments of dark humour here and there. Garland’s annoyance, Poppy’s snark and Bank’s prissy response when anyone drops an f-bomb are amusing. The constant bickering back and forth amongst the trio is fun. The narrative is also punctuated by some moments of suitably visceral horror that were so unexpected they caught me entirely off guard. I’m sure this was a very deliberate choice on the author’s part. A word of advice, don’t snack while reading this novel. I can tell you this much, I won’t be eating soup again any time soon. There is a cinematic sensibility to proceedings. Not as you might expect, a big screen summer blockbuster though, but something far more intense and personal. Night Train is the book equivalent of a claustrophobic little indie film where all the characters keep giving one another the side eye. Trust is in short shrift as the plot builds to the final reveal. We find ourselves continually asking the question – Who is good and who is bad? I loved it, I’m a sucker for a good plot twist or two. Night Train is a delightfully dark experience. After much pondering, the closest I can come to describing it is the literary love child of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and the science fiction classic, Cube. My advice is sit down, relax, enjoy the journey and let the train take the strain.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    I can honestly say that it wasn't the cover of this book that drew me in, and that's a rarity! After reading the synopsis, I was ready for an incredible horror novel. This is not that. Night Train is more sci-fi/fantasy/mystery, and I think the reader is supposed to try and figure out the hook, but that was not possible for me. I was lost most of the time. A amnesiac woman awakens in a train car with a bunch of dead bodies. She remembers nothing, not even her name. I can't go further than that o I can honestly say that it wasn't the cover of this book that drew me in, and that's a rarity! After reading the synopsis, I was ready for an incredible horror novel. This is not that. Night Train is more sci-fi/fantasy/mystery, and I think the reader is supposed to try and figure out the hook, but that was not possible for me. I was lost most of the time. A amnesiac woman awakens in a train car with a bunch of dead bodies. She remembers nothing, not even her name. I can't go further than that or I might spoil something. The author of Night Train is David Quantick, an award winning screenwriter for the show Veep. You can certainly tell that by the cinematic qualities of certain scenes. Overall, this book was not what I expected, and so it soured me a little toward the story, but I can still recommend it to people who are looking for a crazy book that will REALLY keep you guessing. I was provided a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to Titan and Netgalley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    Night Train is David Quantick’s fourth novel since 2016 and his move into fiction is a notable change of literary direction, as he is better known as a journalist and screenwriter whose credits include winning at Emmy in 2015 for Veep. Earlier highlights include writing for the famous, but sadly now defunct, alternative British music magazine NME and authoring a biography on the punk band The Clash. However, the reason I hold Quantick in such high esteem relates one of his minor projects, which Night Train is David Quantick’s fourth novel since 2016 and his move into fiction is a notable change of literary direction, as he is better known as a journalist and screenwriter whose credits include winning at Emmy in 2015 for Veep. Earlier highlights include writing for the famous, but sadly now defunct, alternative British music magazine NME and authoring a biography on the punk band The Clash. However, the reason I hold Quantick in such high esteem relates one of his minor projects, which is very close to my heart. In 2007 he produced a BBC radio show called "Reality is an Illusion Caused by a Lack of NF Simpson", a documentary about an obscure but very influential absurdist British playwright. I was a massive fan of NF Simpson and was fortunate to meet the great man at an early reading of his final play at the Royal Court Theatre in London. For a time, I corresponded with Simpson and even attended the tribute at the same theatre after his death in 2011. Simpson flew under the literary radar and few ever turned the spotlight in his direction, except David Quantick. You can read Tony's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Em

    What a delightfully bizarre and unexpected read! I’d classify this as dystopian/sci-fi more than horror, though there are certainly horror elements. I had no idea what to expect going in, but that made for an enormously rewarding reading experience (I read it in a day), and it’s way funnier than I would’ve anticipated (the author wrote for Veep and The Thick of It, so that explains that). Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like weird fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I received an e-book ARC copy of Night Train from NetGalley and Titan Books in return for my honest review, which follows below. I thank both for this opportunity. The opening scene gives us promises of a tense and secretive read. A person wakes up confused of who they are and where they are, not a great way to to start the day. Fighting her way to a door, she becomes aware that she is stuck on a moving train, not much of an improvement in my opinion. She begins moving in the direction she hopes I received an e-book ARC copy of Night Train from NetGalley and Titan Books in return for my honest review, which follows below. I thank both for this opportunity. The opening scene gives us promises of a tense and secretive read. A person wakes up confused of who they are and where they are, not a great way to to start the day. Fighting her way to a door, she becomes aware that she is stuck on a moving train, not much of an improvement in my opinion. She begins moving in the direction she hopes will lead to the front of the train, passing through train cars carefully and fearfully. She meets another person, a man who claims to have been surviving on the train for more than a month, if his calculations could be in any way correct. Each train car that they enter is different, some are buffet cars that offer limited types of food, while others range from common train cars to outright bizarre configurations. The windows will sometimes show explosions, ash raining down like snow, or lakes of fire below the tracks. None of this helps them remember. And the story continues from there but I don’t want to give away spoilers. So the obvious comparisons for me are the graphic novel, turned movie, soon to be television series Snowpiercer and the horror movie series Cube. There are traps and wrong choices to be made while traveling the train length, which is reminiscent of the Cube franchise. In those people would wake up in a room, usually with some memory loss, and have to find their way out of connecting rooms. Some are safe to enter, some are booby trapped, there was some math involved in solving it, or trick to making it through safely. They were fun, slightly campy movies, with unique ways to mess people up. Snowpiercer was an apocalyptic world setting, with a train that runs a continuous track, stuffed chock full with the surviving humanity. But class snobbery still exists, because why not?!, so there are poor people living in filth eating cricket bricks and rich people eating sushi and drinking booze. This book felt like it took the middle road in plot from these two, a blend that was unique yet familiar. What fell a little flat for me was the character dialogue, at times it seemed like it tried to be jocular but didn’t read sincere. It also could be awkward when more than two people would be talking, it could become difficult to tell who was speaking. There was also a stretch in the last part of the book where a few sentences seemed to be out of place, making the story feel fractured. Unless it was on purpose. I think it may be a printing error, it may be fixed by the release date. An example without using actual text; a question would be answered in paragraph one, without a speaking source given, but the question would not be asked until paragraph two. It made it difficult to read for several pages. I thought it was an interesting story, I give it 3 stars because I enjoyed most of my time reading it. I would suggest it to people to read, my issue with the dialogue is my issue, others may not agree with me of course. Some of the later chapters felt clunky and out of sorts, but again, I don’t know if that will be present in the final release, or if it is a reading style I just didn’t get.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alanah C

    Boring. If you want something that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat with curiosity and tension: this ain't it. Keep looking. This was supposed to be some sort of thriller but I really wasn't too thrilled. To harp on the summary for a bit, "And who are the dead?" we never find out. They're all still mysteries by the end of the book. I'm unsure what stage of decay they're in, one man was said to have a "pink skull" and yet there were two girls whose "eyes were shut" with cellphones on th Boring. If you want something that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat with curiosity and tension: this ain't it. Keep looking. This was supposed to be some sort of thriller but I really wasn't too thrilled. To harp on the summary for a bit, "And who are the dead?" we never find out. They're all still mysteries by the end of the book. I'm unsure what stage of decay they're in, one man was said to have a "pink skull" and yet there were two girls whose "eyes were shut" with cellphones on their laps. The main character takes the phones- nothing comes of them, we never hear about the phones again. The "strange and horrifying creatures"- we meet two, the rest are all destroyed before we encounter them. "Hideous secret"- not sure how hideous it really is. I got through 311 pages in 2 hours because of the way the book is set up. There are supposed to be "Stranger stories" but the only stories you learn about are Banks', Poppy's, and then eventually Garland's. The characters were honestly quite bland. I liked Banks most of all, given his history and what he became. But they kept talking about how he "looked like a traitor" at the end and, quite honestly, I have no recollection of them actually discussing how his face or head looked. Poppy was basic. Teddy was. Weird. Alright, I guess. Garland, our main character, was. Fine. I guess. It's never explained how she got out of her shackles, but the book had to start some way I suppose. Denning was dealt with in. Well. It was ironic, but also rather stupid to me. Some of the descriptions were kind of gross but not horrifically so. There's a whole lot going on but most of these tracks lead to nowhere. Nobody ever says the word "Night Train" until the last like. 50 pages? They just know they're on a train. They go through a tunnel that gets so narrow and low it apparently scrapes the top of the train to go through it, but somehow it hasn't worn a path down on the top of the train. How long were they on the train? Who knows. How long has the train been running? Again- who knows. Allegedly all political dealings moved to trains so you would think this one's been up and running for a while but since the tunnels it goes through haven't left any sort of mark maybe not. I was hoping for some sort of horror/thriller book and instead I got something I was pushing myself to get through because the characters were so uninteresting and the plot was, as stated, boring. I suppose it has a hopeful ending but it felt rather unfinished to me. It left me with a bunch of questions but I'm thinking they weren't the questions I was supposed to have, and honestly I don't care enough about the book to pursue them. The writing itself was fine, and honestly probably the most interesting and fun part of the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JamalT

    "It's a train, it doesn't have to make sense." Well, this book lost me at the ending. Don't get me wrong, given the premise, I was expecting pulp. And at the beginning, the book is a very easy, fun read as you start investigating more and more of this train. But...it starts getting silly. Skis are involved. And then we have a moustache twirling villain at the end who pretty helpfully explains everything, every single thing, in smug and unnecessary detail. And I have a lot of problems with this--wh "It's a train, it doesn't have to make sense." Well, this book lost me at the ending. Don't get me wrong, given the premise, I was expecting pulp. And at the beginning, the book is a very easy, fun read as you start investigating more and more of this train. But...it starts getting silly. Skis are involved. And then we have a moustache twirling villain at the end who pretty helpfully explains everything, every single thing, in smug and unnecessary detail. And I have a lot of problems with this--which I think I can explain without spoilers. First, suspension of disbelief: I'm going in just at peace with the idea that weird impossible stuff is going to happen. It doesn't need to be over-explained to me. When it does get over-explained, I start noticing the holes in the logic...and there are so many. I think less would've been more here. Especially for some of the twists--I think if you took out the extremely random character who pops up to explain everything and instead let certain things become obvious through subtle cues, the ending would've felt more tense and impactful. Second, it's not scary--So, there are scary ideas in the book I guess. I won't spoil those, that's the fun. But my problem is that they are simply never presented in a scary way. I think a lot of the power of horror can be in having vulnerable characters and really creative, unexpected things happen to the characters. Some characters are too OP for this story to be scary. And ultimately, it feels like we're late to the scary stuff. There isn't any menace, and the atmosphere changes from this tense horror novel to a sarcastic road trip vibe. I'm not going to say that wasn't written well, but it absolutely sapped the fear out of the book. Third, the character development is wonky. It's not that I disliked the characters, but their goals we're weird and kept changing. My main issue is the ending and that the book isn't scary. I know the last bit is pretty subjective, but the ending is just such a disappointment. I'd really like to see someone take this concept and try it again. With that said, it reads fun and fast, the writing is engaging and it's a decent enough read if it seems interesting. It's just kinda basic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Titan Books for the opportunity to read and review this ebook. I was granted a free copy of the ebook for my honest review. 1st off, I think that there may have been some formatting problems/download problems with my copy. Some sections of the book would cut off mid-sentence and then show up again a couple pages later. However, I couldn't always tell when this happened, as most of the time I had no real idea what was going on anyway. I didn't like how the tense kept chan Thank you to NetGalley and Titan Books for the opportunity to read and review this ebook. I was granted a free copy of the ebook for my honest review. 1st off, I think that there may have been some formatting problems/download problems with my copy. Some sections of the book would cut off mid-sentence and then show up again a couple pages later. However, I couldn't always tell when this happened, as most of the time I had no real idea what was going on anyway. I didn't like how the tense kept changing. Jumping back and forth between current and past tense was very disorienting. Of course, if this is what the story was going for, then ok - it worked. It just doesn't work for me as a reader. I also did not connect to any of the characters. I did not find any of the characters to have unique voices. None of them seemed to have any real sense of dread or urgency about anything. There wasn't even too much of a strong desire shown by any of them to figure out what was happening. Waking up on a train, not remembering who you are, not knowing what is happening, not knowing where you are going is a very creepy premise. Finding dead people, having monsters try to kill you, not being able to see anything outside the windows... all this is pretty cool and creepy, but then it never goes anywhere. These characters never really seem to be all that upset or interested in what the train is, or where it is going. So we do eventually get resolution and answers to what is going on, but even the answers don't really satisfy. The timelines are screwy and the characters are not believable or really even that interesting. There was no sense of time in this book. The characters kept eating and sleeping, but not in a way that kept any timeschedule. The book read like a bad dream sequence that kept going and going until it was done. I wish I liked this book better, but I just couldn't find anything relatable to make me care. Again, it could have been a downloading/formatting issue, but I still wouldn't recommend this. I did finish though, so I gave it 2 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh (tiger_reads)

    I was excited of the premise of this book. The description and cover enticed me,I was ready to experience a horror /thriller outside of my normal go to authors. While the beginning was promising I feel that the it slowly went down hill from there. For the whole book to only be separated by 7 chapters made the story drag, and more confusing was that the start of a new chapter just carried on from the previous with no break. From this I would say that the whole book had no chapters as such. There w I was excited of the premise of this book. The description and cover enticed me,I was ready to experience a horror /thriller outside of my normal go to authors. While the beginning was promising I feel that the it slowly went down hill from there. For the whole book to only be separated by 7 chapters made the story drag, and more confusing was that the start of a new chapter just carried on from the previous with no break. From this I would say that the whole book had no chapters as such. There were different elements to it which helped break it up such as seeing the back stories of then 3 main characters which was refreshing although still too brief . Overall I did like the storyline, the ending did feel a little rushed and thrown together to ensure that all loose ends were tied together nicely. However there were some areas which seemed to be unanswered but that might be my own error. I am fully aware that this is a review copy I had read and not in its final stages before publishing day but the layout of the pdf was not idea with a fair few spelling mistakes and lines separating causing further issues to the flow such as the final sentence being in the middle of the acknowledgments? I do understand that these last issues might just be isolated to just me. Thank you to netgally and David Quantick for the chance to review this new title. 2.5 stars out of 5, rounded up to 3.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paola

    Imagine a situation where you wake up in complete darkness. You don’t know where you are and, worse, who you are. In Night Train, Garland finds herself in this predicament. The world outside the windows is devoid of life, as is most of the train (skeletons don’t count). Still, eventually she does find out she isn’t quite alone. There’s a level of confinement when you set a book strictly on a train. Obviously there is only so much you could possibly put in a train car. What I enjoyed in this book Imagine a situation where you wake up in complete darkness. You don’t know where you are and, worse, who you are. In Night Train, Garland finds herself in this predicament. The world outside the windows is devoid of life, as is most of the train (skeletons don’t count). Still, eventually she does find out she isn’t quite alone. There’s a level of confinement when you set a book strictly on a train. Obviously there is only so much you could possibly put in a train car. What I enjoyed in this book is that Quantick breaks up some of the main narrative of moving from car to car to insert interludes; a sort of glimpse of the world before the train. The book’s three main characters all had pasts that landed themselves there and the interludes really add to the horror of the situation. The forwards movement through the train creates a good build up towards the ‘truth’ and the book does not shy away from its horror elements. Often I found myself saying “That sounds absolutely crazy and awful give me more.” I loved the premise and the journey—the destination? Well, that bit not so much. The almost cliche way the book closed out almost felt like a disservice to just how great I found the rest of it. The bit of world building, the mystery, the horrors on the train were all so good. I just wish the payoff had been too. Thank you to NetGalley and to Titan Books for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon

    There’s not much you can say about ‘Night Train’ past the initial setup that won’t spoilt the journey that David Quantick takes you on. A woman wakes up in a moving train carriage, she doesn’t remember who she is, how or why she is there, she has to move forward to uncover any answers. What I will say about Night Train is that it is one of the most unique books I’ve read, when reading its best to not try and figure out the puzzle of a plot but just enjoy the trip. They say never judge a book by There’s not much you can say about ‘Night Train’ past the initial setup that won’t spoilt the journey that David Quantick takes you on. A woman wakes up in a moving train carriage, she doesn’t remember who she is, how or why she is there, she has to move forward to uncover any answers. What I will say about Night Train is that it is one of the most unique books I’ve read, when reading its best to not try and figure out the puzzle of a plot but just enjoy the trip. They say never judge a book by its cover and this is especially true here; it look more like a standard horror novel than it actually is, in fact it’s more akin to a twisted sci-fi tale that Douglas Adams could have penned, its punchy and smart, has the bite and chuckles that you’d expect from someone who worked on TV shows like Brass Eye, Spitting Image or Charlie Brooker's Wipe (I feel like Mr Brooker especially would enjoy this one). Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys clever science fiction. ARC supplied by Titan Books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before, but the premise intrigued me, so I decided to have a read. This is not the book I was expecting. The cover and even the blurb make it sound like an average (I mean that in a nice way) horror novel. This unique book ticks the box for many genres including horror, science fiction and dystopian. There are moments at first when I didn’t think it’d like the book which is one long journey as various characters try and get to https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before, but the premise intrigued me, so I decided to have a read. This is not the book I was expecting. The cover and even the blurb make it sound like an average (I mean that in a nice way) horror novel. This unique book ticks the box for many genres including horror, science fiction and dystopian. There are moments at first when I didn’t think it’d like the book which is one long journey as various characters try and get to the front of the train to speak to or see the driver. However, it’s so well written I soon tuned into the book and it grew on me. I just really wanted to know what was going on and kept been pulled further and further into the bizarre story. I will definitely read more by this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    A version of Snowpiercer that is utterly horrid! Rather than one man's vision to save a select group of people from annihilation from another ice age; the 'Night Train' is a journey through hell! When a woman awakens in a shaking room with no real memories; she is truly frightened. As she stumbles her way through the shaking room, she realizes she is on a train; worse, she finds herself in a carriage filled with dead people! That is not all this train holds in store for her. It travels through a l A version of Snowpiercer that is utterly horrid! Rather than one man's vision to save a select group of people from annihilation from another ice age; the 'Night Train' is a journey through hell! When a woman awakens in a shaking room with no real memories; she is truly frightened. As she stumbles her way through the shaking room, she realizes she is on a train; worse, she finds herself in a carriage filled with dead people! That is not all this train holds in store for her. It travels through a land of total darkness, where the sky is only brightened by explosions. There are clone soldiers looking to kill any one who remains alive. The two people she finds alive begin their journey to the engine to speak to the driver; but it's what lies between the trio and the front of the train have other plans............

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    A surreal trip to see the wizard in this nightmare reality. Female Hitler, Annie from League of Legends and Lurch wake up with their memories erased and have no idea why they are on a train or if they are even still on earth. Crazy experiments and puzzles in car after car to try and reach the front to figure out what is going on. The writer gives you a good time with interesting back histories and clues the whole ride. It was hard to put this book down without wondering what was really going on a A surreal trip to see the wizard in this nightmare reality. Female Hitler, Annie from League of Legends and Lurch wake up with their memories erased and have no idea why they are on a train or if they are even still on earth. Crazy experiments and puzzles in car after car to try and reach the front to figure out what is going on. The writer gives you a good time with interesting back histories and clues the whole ride. It was hard to put this book down without wondering what was really going on and what the next car would have in it. Was there really a shark? I felt a little nostalgia from Charlie the infamous Dark Tower train. A little Train to Busan in there too. Fans of killer nightmare trains everywhere will surely enjoy this gem.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JasonAA

    This book wasn't what i was expecting. It kind of felt like picking up a random book and starting to read it somewhere in the middle shortly after ingesting a small amount of acid. This is what it would have been like if Alice or Dorothy had awoken in Wonderland or Oz with no memory of how they got there or who they are. That sounds like a interesting premise, but only because we are already familiar with those two fantasy worlds. I really felt that this book needed a lot more context to be enjo This book wasn't what i was expecting. It kind of felt like picking up a random book and starting to read it somewhere in the middle shortly after ingesting a small amount of acid. This is what it would have been like if Alice or Dorothy had awoken in Wonderland or Oz with no memory of how they got there or who they are. That sounds like a interesting premise, but only because we are already familiar with those two fantasy worlds. I really felt that this book needed a lot more context to be enjoyable. We find out very little about this world and most of that comes at the end, too late to be of any use. I felt lost most of the way thru the book and stopped a couple times just to make sure I didn't accidentally skip a chapter or two.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee Garcia

    I truly enjoy David Quantick's writing style, and I truly wanted to enjoy this story more than I did, but I just couldn't get myself to love it. The beginning of the book was definitely captivating. You are curious about the characters, the environment is pleasantly creepy, and I am always a fan of the weird. As the story continued, it actually became somewhat predictable in a sense that I was not shocked at all by any of the revealed mysteries. The world they live in is captivating and scary, b I truly enjoy David Quantick's writing style, and I truly wanted to enjoy this story more than I did, but I just couldn't get myself to love it. The beginning of the book was definitely captivating. You are curious about the characters, the environment is pleasantly creepy, and I am always a fan of the weird. As the story continued, it actually became somewhat predictable in a sense that I was not shocked at all by any of the revealed mysteries. The world they live in is captivating and scary, but the characters kind of become somewhat dull after a while. I can't say I won't read anymore books that Quantick writes, because I still truly enjoy his writing style. It's just that this particularly story just didn't captivate me as much as I thought it would.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy Walker - Trans-Scribe Reviews

    I have to be honest, when I read the synopsis and saw the cover for David Quantick's Night Train I was expecting something of a horror book. The dark and moody cover and the description of waking up on a train surrounded by dead people definitely gave it more of a horror feel, but after a while it slowly emerged that I'd had the genre completely wrong. Night Train is more of a science fiction dystopia story, though it takes its time in revealing this. The majority of the story is more concerned w I have to be honest, when I read the synopsis and saw the cover for David Quantick's Night Train I was expecting something of a horror book. The dark and moody cover and the description of waking up on a train surrounded by dead people definitely gave it more of a horror feel, but after a while it slowly emerged that I'd had the genre completely wrong. Night Train is more of a science fiction dystopia story, though it takes its time in revealing this. The majority of the story is more concerned with the central characters than the world they inhabit, apart from a few fleeting moments and a handful of flashbacks you never even see this world. The story is about the train and the people inside it. The lead character is a woman without memory of who she is of how she got inside the train. She finds herself in a carriage surrounded by dead bodies, but can't find any clues that can help her. She even seems to have lost the ability to read, and looking at writing gives her awful headaches, so the small scraps of newspaper that she finds can't even help. Luckily, she soon comes across Banks, a man in a similar jumpsuit to hers, who also woke up on the train without any memory. Luckily, however, he can read the name on her jacket, and tells her she's called Garland. Together Garland and Banks work their way through the train, moving from one strange carriage to the next, trying to find answers to the mysteries that plague them. And that's about all that I'm going to say about the plot, and anything else would really be giving too much away, and even now I kind of feel like I might have revealed too much. Night Train is about the sense of mystery that surrounds the characters. They don't know anything, and we're in the exact same boat as them. Occasionally we will get some answers, some background information or clues to the world, but these happen to us as they happen to the characters, and we don't end up knowing more than they do. The book throws a lot at both readers and the characters, and at one point in the book its stated that each carriage is a clue to what's going on, but I have to be honest, that statement doesn't really help too much. Thinking back on what I saw throughout the book with the knowledge I had at the end I don't see how us, or Garland, were supposed to reach that conclusion with the clues provided. Perhaps more information would have presented itself if the characters had investigated more, but this doesn't really happen. So because of that I'd advise to not try to figure out too much of what's going on. You won't predict everything that happens, and you won't know everything until its spelled out for us. I have to admit, this did annoy me a little. A good mystery presents you with clues that will help you to figure out what's going on. A big bit of the fun is trying to figure out the answers to the puzzle. When half of the clues that you need to find those answers are held back it becomes almost pointless to try to find those answers, sadly, you're not told that this is the case until the end, and by then you're just being told the solution. The book is also very light on details. We don't get a lot of insight into the characters or why they're doing what they're doing. I know that they don't have their memories at the start of the book, and that's fine, we don't need to get their entire back story, but some insight into how their mind is working would have been nice. We don't get this, we don't get to see how this situation is affecting them, or what their thought processes are, we just have to see them reacting in sometimes very odd ways. Their are times where the tings that the characters say and do don't quite make much sense, and seem to go against who they've been established as so far, and I can't help but think a little bit of insight into their mind would help with this. I think this is something of a byproduct of the the fact that the book is written from a very detached third person point of view. I get why Quantick would want to do this. Their are points where the characters split up, or we get flashbacks, so a first person story wouldn't work with this in mind if the narrator was Garland for example. However, a third person perspective can still occasionally delve inside the characters heads. Their were times that I didn't quite like the story being told here, where I found Quantick's style of writing, where he shifted between characters and locations from sentence to sentence made it a little hard to follow. At times the book felt like something of a dream, and some of the moments seemed to have a disjointed quality to them when it changed from scene to scene. This might not be for everyone, but it certainly gave the book its very own feel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Bauer

    "Night Train" by David Quantick is a very memorable novel for me. At various points along the journey of completing it, I was reminded by a great many other works, both written and not; - Lost - Divine Comedy - Snowpiercer - More episodes of Lost - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The writing is strong across the board, and the pace of the writing is excellent. Characters take the center stage in this work and really standout. It does have some subtle gonzo elements wrapped in a veneer of conven "Night Train" by David Quantick is a very memorable novel for me. At various points along the journey of completing it, I was reminded by a great many other works, both written and not; - Lost - Divine Comedy - Snowpiercer - More episodes of Lost - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The writing is strong across the board, and the pace of the writing is excellent. Characters take the center stage in this work and really standout. It does have some subtle gonzo elements wrapped in a veneer of conventional horror as well. It is a formidable and demanding read but worth it to the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Demetria

    3.5 stars It was a fine book. Some nice, creepy imagery and scenes but it is important to note that this is more a mystery than a horror story. I thought the characters were compelling and the environment stellar. The one thing that takes my rating down is that the plot needed just a bit more to it. The end kinda just happened, I don’t feel like the journey really influenced the culmination. I think I would have liked a bit more out of the mystery. If you are looking for a light spooky read then t 3.5 stars It was a fine book. Some nice, creepy imagery and scenes but it is important to note that this is more a mystery than a horror story. I thought the characters were compelling and the environment stellar. The one thing that takes my rating down is that the plot needed just a bit more to it. The end kinda just happened, I don’t feel like the journey really influenced the culmination. I think I would have liked a bit more out of the mystery. If you are looking for a light spooky read then this book will definitely scratch that itch. It’s an easy read and it’s genuinely enjoyable. I wouldn’t say it’s going to blow any minds but it’s worth a read if you’re in the mood.

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