The Unblemished by Conrad Williams

By Conrad Williams

Input the brain of a serial killer who believes he's the rightful son and inheritor to an historical dynasty of flesh-eating monsters. stick with the frantic trip of a mom whose daughter is contaminated with the stuff of nightmare, and glance through the eyes of Bo Mulvey, a guy upon whom the destiny and survival of the whole human race relies. This apocalyptic novel set in London is an epic story of heritage and future, desperation and wish, and atrocity and atonement.

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She had used his hitting those speed bumps to make him think he'd jostled something loose in his dashboard. So now, her task on Earth was finished. Except... It had been kind of fun pretending to be a GPS. Maybe, she thought, she'd find another bad teenage driver. Or two. Or three. Morgan Roehmar's Boys Ashley rearranged the dead bodies, because there's nothing worse than a messy dead body. Witches, people could recognize by the cackling laughter; werewolves growled and lunged; and vampires swooped.

But even as she backed away she noticed things. Like that he was not a man, but a boy about her age, or at the most a year or two older. Which, of course, did not make him any less dangerous. Despite the light from the flashlight shining in her eyes, she could see him clearly enough to make out that his hair was dry, not dripping in his face as it would have to be in this downpour. Then lightning flashed, not that close, but visible through the gap between the barn doors, enough to illuminate where the boy stood.

Let me guess what you need. You're such a pretty young thing, with skin so soft and smooth, and your hair thick and dark, and your eyes clear, and your limbs firm and strong, and you even have all your teeth. Lucky, lucky you. Granny misses her teeth. What could a girl like you possibly need? What keeps you from being happy? Is there sickness in your family? No, no, don't answer: Granny is guessing. And Granny would have guessed, even before you shook your head, that you don't have the look of someone dealing with that particular sorrow.

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