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3.09  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A family picks up a hitchhiker in the worst blizzard in living memory. It's a mistake. Brand is not who he seems, to the mother, the father or the daughter. He is something more, something they fear in their own ways, and soon after the thaw they are all seeing him again. They begin to learn things about themselves, and each other, which perhaps would be best left unknown. ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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Tressa
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I'm a fan of Tim Lebbon's Berserk, but this book barely held my interest. Any story that starts off with a snowstorm and a lanky, greasy hitchhiker is OK in my book, but it was all downhill from there.

The characters were irritating, especially darling Nikki and her sexual obsession with her psychopathic heartthrob, Brand, who kept popping up at her band rehearsal and keg party. Was I reading a horror book or watching 90210? The mother is a shallow religious nut and the dad is a mewling, wimpy t
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Mike Kazmierczak
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book that I really enjoyed, up to a point. And unfortunately that point was the last 25%.

The story starts with Dan, Megan and their daughter Nikki on their way home when they pick up a hitchhiker. Things get weird, they throw the hitchhiker out, and then the really weird and spooky things start happening.

A good start and it's carried through with all the right elements: cloven hoof-prints that track through the snow from where the hitchhiker was picked up to where he was dropped off, t
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William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
The beginning is quite gripping and I loved the concept of a family picking up a strange hitchhiker in the middle of a snow storm. It seems that the author started writing with this idea and didn't know where to go with it. Spelling errors aside, Lebbon repeats many of the character's thoughts over and over. Yes, we get the point, you don't need to tell us again! Anyway, having no growth with the characters and a disappointing ending, I cannot recommend this book. Tim Lebbon also seems like he's ...more
Brandon Presslor
Had a really good beginning then it got really boring
Kelly
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I’ve decided it’s time I shared a secret with you my fellow readers, and even though I’m not sure how you’re going to take it, I need to let it out. I am a pessimist. Scratch that. I am way beyond that. Instead of seeing the cup half full, it’s not only nearly empty, but the cup’s dirty and my water has floaters! I’m a hard woman to please and when it comes to books. Well let’s just say, you have to be utterly fantastic to get my vote. If this comes as a shock to you, imagine my own surprise whe ...more
John Bruni
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an intense book! A family of three picks up a strange looking hitchhiker named Brand in the middle of a terrible UK snowstorm, but he doesn't seem to need a lift. All he wants, he says, is a moment of their time. But he says a few offensive things, and they kick him out of their car. They think the ordeal is over, but Brand seems to be stalking each family member separately, for different reasons. He is intent on having a moment of their time, and if they're not willing, he's certainly ...more
Katie
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book got worse with each page.
Ryan
This is a solidly written novel with wonderfully realized characters, but that's not quite enough to make this a completely memorable read.

Not a whole lot happens here. There's a lot of fantasies and dreams and hallucinations, but after a while I want something to really happen. There are a few kills in here that are suitably brutal, but they almost seem forced, as if they're just to give this book a (small) body count.

Brand is an awesome character and truly evil to read about, especially what
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Joshua Rainey
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Stumbled at the end with what felt like a watered down and vague ending. Otherwise it was simply alright.
wally
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: lebbon
This will be the 2nd from Lebbon for me, the first a novella in Four Rode Out, read about a year ago give or take. Story begins:

Later, they would all wonder how they had not guessed the truth. He was waiting in the snow, but after climbing into the car he did not seem cold, his breath did not condense, he appeared calm and composed. He did not act like a man who needed help.

Onward and upward.

So...a family returning home to Monmouthshire from a 3-day vacation in Cornwall drive through a freak sno
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Traummachine
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lebbon has a disconnected feeling to his horror...vaguely like Charles Grant, but less dream-like. Disconnected, sort of like an out-of-body experience. It's very weird, I'm not sure how he pulls that off.

I'm not really sure why this novel's called "Face"; the premise is stereotypical horror -- strange hitchhiker is picked up, and he proceeds to make the life of the family hell. Yaddayadda. But this time the rider is so very obviously supernatural that I didn't know what to expect. Very good, ve
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Sarah
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jarrod Scarbrough
Sep 29, 2014 marked it as gave-up-on
I gave this a try, gave it the ol' 100 page rule, and just couldn't get into either the characters or the story.
Lisa S
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Not the best Lebbon I've ever read.
TJ
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Disturbing, wordy, and not very interesting. The cover grabbed me, but the book didn't. It's my first book by Lebbon - maybe my last!
Russianwitch
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is interesting because the horror sort of creeps up on you. While on the one hand predictable from the start on the other hand it still drags you along.
Belladora
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Tim Lebbons Everlasting more. I really like the way Lebbon uses images that transcend easy to the reader. Face had many of those throughout. Very well written.
Jamie
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this tale by Lebbon. To quote a friend. " It was a great concept but not fully realized," and I could not agree more.
Mandie Lord
Took me a couple of tries to get thru it, on the whole pretty alright book. Just a littlw hard
to get into.
Bandit
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Spooky tale, not Lebbon's best, but definitely worth a read.
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I was born in London in 1969, lived in Devon until I was eight, and the next twenty years were spent in Newport. My wife Tracey and I then did a Good Thing and moved back to the country, and we now live in the little village of Goytre in Monmouthshire with our kids Ellie and Daniel. And our dog,
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