The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd

The English Monster

Lloyd Shepherd

A gruesome murder tale set in an atmospheric colourful nineteenth century London alternates with the story of a young man out to make his fortune on the high seas in the Elizabethan era of buccaneers, piracy and a fledgling slave trade. An exciting but disturbing book partly based on real life events. Avoid reading the reviews inside the book as they give too much away.


She leans towards the door again, and hears the faint, sharp cry of a baby. Something about the noise recalls the strange sound she'd thought she'd heard by the dock, and the wave of fear in her head (an authentic fear, not one learned from the gothic extremities of a novel) crashes in again, and she begins to strike the door.
'Mr Marr! Mr Marr! Let me in please, Mr Marr! It is Margaret.'
A hand falls on her shoulder and she whirls around, the shout frozen in her throat. Behind her stands a short, stinking stranger who puts his toothless face into hers and yells at her: ...

  • Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
  • Big Machine by Victor Lavelle

Books with similar mood

The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes

The Secrets of the Lazarus Club

Tony Pollard

Skin Lane

Neil Bartlett

The Orchard of Lost Souls

Nadifa Mohamed

The Recollection

Gareth L Powell

Before I Go To Sleep

S J Watson

The Quiet Twin

Dan Vyleta


Rose Tremain

The Society of Others

William Nicholson

The Hummingbird Saint

Hector Macdonald

Altered Land

Jules Hardy

My Name is Salma

Fadia Faqir

The Visitors

Simon Sylvester

The Honey Guide

Richard Crompton

Snake Ropes

Jess Richards

Double Vision

Tricia Sullivan

Bold as Love

Gwyneth Jones

The Forgetting Time

Sharon Guskin

The Rift

Nina Allan

Ninefox Gambit

Yoon Ha Lee

The Thing Itself

Adam Roberts

The Frozen Dead

Bernard Minier

Africa Junction

Ginny Baily

The Dervish House

Ian McDonald


Gordon Reece

Gargling with Tar

Jachym Topol

Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie

The Electric Church

Jeff Somers

The Saladin Murders

Matt Rees

The Bad News Bible

Anna Blundy

Falling Out of Cars

Jeff Noon

A Book of Science and Antiquities

Thomas Keneally

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk


Nicholas Mainieri

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Madeleine Thien

The Boy Who Could See Demons

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

The Golden Scales

Parker Bilal


Sebastian Fitzek

From the Mouth of the Whale

Sjon -

Talk of the Town

Jacob Polley

The Other Hand

Chris Cleave

Bad Blood

Rhiannon Lassiter

In the Country of Men

Hisham Matar

The Great Stink

Clare Clark

Land of the Living

Nicci French


Koji Suzuki

Kith and Kin

Stevie Davies

The Dogs of Riga

Henning Mankell