Night Train
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.

Night Train Details

TitleNight Train
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherTitan Books
ISBN-139781785658594
Rating
GenreHorror, Science Fiction, Fiction

Night Train Review

  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ludwig Reads
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Roger Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alexander Peterhans
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Steve Stred
    January 1, 1970
    ‘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.
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  • Peter Baran
    January 1, 1970
    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]
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  • Maximilian Birner
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jade - theelderbooks
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ashleigh (tiger_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Horror DNA
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Sheldon
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dominique
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you find a hidden gem. I requested this book from the publisher who kindly provided it to me. Let me say that I’m super thrilled I found out about David Quantick’s Night Train! The plot sounded really promising to me. First of all, it’s labelled a dystopian/horror/science-fiction. I do enjoy a good horror novel every now and then. It doesn’t always have to take place in a realistic setting. Believe me, this one is not (I hope). Secondly, it takes place on a train. There’s something ab Sometimes you find a hidden gem. I requested this book from the publisher who kindly provided it to me. Let me say that I’m super thrilled I found out about David Quantick’s Night Train! The plot sounded really promising to me. First of all, it’s labelled a dystopian/horror/science-fiction. I do enjoy a good horror novel every now and then. It doesn’t always have to take place in a realistic setting. Believe me, this one is not (I hope). Secondly, it takes place on a train. There’s something about horror stories that take place in one location that scare the heck out of me. A woman wakes up, and she has no idea where she is. All she knows is that she’s on a train and she’s surrounded by dead people. All she can see outside are occasional explosions. She decides to take matters into her own hands and move to the front of the train. On the way she meets people and otherworldly things. Little by little she figures out what is going on. What’s good about this book is the way the story is propelled forward by the moving train and the fact that the characters are always trying to move to the front of the train. I didn’t find a reason to stop reading and I was intrigued until the last page to find out what was going on and how things would end for our protagonists. There are gruesome scenes in here. Luckily, they’re not so bad I had to stop reading. There’s a lot of absurdity as well, I’m sure you’ll be surprised if I tell you there’s a scene with sparkling turtles… What, on a train? Yes, exactly. Sometimes, I’m OK when a horror story doesn’t make that much sense for me. Sometimes I just want to be thrilled, and I want to be shocked by what I’m reading. This book delivers just that, with an occasional chuckle on the side. *Many thanks to the Titan Books and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy
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  • A.J. Bauers
    January 1, 1970
    This book was creepy and absurd. I didn’t bother trying to understand what was going on, I just went along for the ride (get it? Because the book is called Night Train?). With killer lines like “when I snore...it’s because armies of the night are moving through my soul. Also, because my nose is blocked,” this fever dream of a book delivers a great blend of humor and horror.
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