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Laura Greenacre is not what she seems. Her tortured past is mistaken by some for aloofness - but they don't know about her family, her predators, and, her prey. This book is a werewolf novel. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Snowbooks (first published April 1st 2008)
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Fiendishly Bookish
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Maneater is infused with vice: greed, and power and Emson flexes his literary muscle to convey just that. He’s plausibly set forth a tale of two ancient bloodlines warring for countless centuries, waging their battle in flashbacks and in contemporary London. The chronicle of Laura Greenacre, the last full-blooded werewolf of the Greenacre clan is riveting as she butts claws with the Templeton’s, the distinguished society family responsible for massacring all the members of her vast clan. She’ll ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars in reality.

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She's not sweet. She's not nice.
She doesn't fight evil. She doesn't protect the weak. She doesn't serve humanity. She doesn't work in an office by day and have a secret identity by night. She doesn't have friends and family who know nothing about her but when they find out they love her anyway. She's not cool. She's not clever. She's not kind to animals. She won't help children, the elderly, and those less fortunate than herself.
In fact, she doesn't care.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Not at all what I was expecting from a werewolf story, less horror/supernatural elements, rather more a thriller/action type novel (But more teeth and fur than is usual). I felt it took some time to get going and for the main strands of the story to coalesce, but worth the wait.
We're told the story of two warring families whose werewolf heritage stretches far back along respective family lines, with the remaining two descendants eventually battling it out for supremacy. This is, howev
A very readable and gripping tale largely set in Northern England during the summer of 1999, "MANEATER" is the first novel in a series centered on Laura Greenacre, a resourceful, tough, mean, sexy woman in her 20s who is much more than meets the eye. She's a werewolf on a mission to kill Sir Adam Templeton, a former government minister who commands considerable wealth, and bore responsibility for the destruction of Laura's family when she was barely beyond toddler stage. The novel has a rich cas ...more
David Price
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a 'Horror' fan I often read books by authors I've not heard of before, I picked this up as a 'might as well check it out' from the library, honestly, Emson did not disappoint! Puts a new slant on the Werewolf genre and keeps the reader turning the page, (which is what a good book is all about yeah?), would easily recommend it! ;) ...more
Kim Clough
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the vampire series years ago and loved them so I was keen to try this series too. I really enjoyed it, and had it not been for the crazy number of references to people feeling like they were going to pass themselves (in one chapter it was about 4 times!!) I wouldnhave given 5 stars!
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Point-of-view is all over the place in this book. It's not uncommon for random John Doe to narrate one chapter, as an outside perspective, and then never be heard from again. So what happened to John Doe? Who cares, he's clearly not important (although apparently important enough to narrate that one chapter). Occasionally John Doe will have two or even three chapters before disappearing, fate unknown. Let's be fair here: we never get to the point of head-hopping, and there are some secondary cha ...more
Kerri Selby
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd Emson book that I have read and I am hooked on this author. He doesn't hold back on the details, the grim & the gore.

Maneater is not your typical supernatural novel, it's more about family legacies, revenge, greed, power.
Laura is the beautiful, mysterious character, who is portrayed to some degree as not giving a damn about anyone but under her tough exterior is someone that does actually care.
The plot doesn't just focus solely on Laura & her enemies, there is a rapist on the loo
Richard Wright
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
The first werewolf tale I've read in years, from an author new to me, and I'm impressed. I'm not sure it can properly be labelled as horror, but it's a pacy, very well judged supernatural thriller, full of well written characters, and a well plotted central mystery. If I've a complaint at all, it would be that the cast of secondary characters is probably too full, to the point that when the identity of a serial killer is revealed to be somebody who featured earlier in the book, I had to flick ba ...more
Yvonne Boag
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Laura has come to London to kill a man. Sir Adam Templeton had her family killed in one horrific night around twenty years ago. Their families had been feuding for thousands of years and now, on her side there was just Laura. One young woman against a family with infinite wealth and connections within the political arena. One young girl who could turn into a werewolf... She just wants to eat Adam Templeton up.

I found this book fairly hard to get into I put this solely down to the very small chap
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This was one of those books where the reader is thrust straight into the action with no explanation of who the characters are and their relationship to each other. It had short chapters, each of which tended to focus on a different character or part of the situation so the reader could begin to work out the connections. It sounds chaotic, but it was done really well, so it was intruiging and mostly kept my interest. The plot did slow up a bit in the second quarter of the book because it seemed t ...more
Amy Lou
Very well written. I enjoyed it a lot and it was such a different take on the typical werewolf. It was really interesting reading it from a man's point of view, not a female author's take on a man.
I found the sexual content at time's was a bit much for me to read, because I wasn't used to it. It just goes to show how much men really do think about sex. You couldn't imagine Edward Cullen's narrative when first meeting Bella Swan startin with something like, "Oooo I wanna do her." or "she's got a
Tal S
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
She's not sweet. She's not nice. She doesn't fight evil. She doesn't protect the weak. She doesn't work in an office by day and have a secret identity by night. She doesn't have friends and family who know nothing about her, but when they find out they love her anyway. She's not cool. She's not clever. She's not kind to animals. She won't help children, the elderly, and those less fortunate than herself.

In fact, she doesn't care. But if you hurt her, she will kill you. Actually, she'll do worse
Barry Lillie
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The storyline is well paced with short spiky chapters. I like the fact that the creature can change at will, no full moon etc. and towards the end we see her human side while she's in her wolf guise. There's a handful of repeated descriptive words that started to annoy me, 'fusty' 'leached' and 'furrowed', maybe a change of phrase would have indicated the author had thought more about what he was saying. In the second to last chapter, there's much made of furrowed brows. This said though, Maneat ...more
Keith Chawgo
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Maneater is the third book that I read by this author and have to say that I am rather impressed with his style. It is a fast moving intriguing book that keeps you entertained until the final page. The main characters are well drawn out and the episodic way the book is written lends itself to be read quite quickly. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new voice in horror.
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Maneater i found was a very easy read. The short chapters which always ended on a cliff hanger mean't you wanted to read on and the plot was well formulated.

This is one of those stories where we have about five different charecter perspecitives of the same story that all seem irrelevant until they all merge together at the end.

Well written and very good, however not good enough for me to want to immediatly go out ang buy another book by this author.
Oh, this is a good werewolf book! I am looking forward to reading the sequel (though it looks like I may have a bit of a hard time tracking it down!). Still, I had a feeling that I would like this one from its description alone. It is a darker, rougher werewolf book with plenty of gore and violence! The likable characters balance that out. I think this would make for an absolutely thrilling movie! I really enjoyed this fast-paced and fun read!
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amazing.Literally, AMAZING. I love this book SO much. Thomas Emson really knows how to make the characters jump right out of the pages! It was so sad towards the end though... kinda tore me apart just as Laura and Thorn were falling for each other. :') Honestly, I love Emson's werewolves. An awesome author, he is! <3 ...more
Jessica Rice
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly suprised at how good this book was. I thought it would just be a dark manly type of book, but it was really good and heartfelt and you could understand where each character stood. I would love to see this as a movie! It would be excellent!
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
She's not sweet, she's not nice.
This tells you about this book, no cuddly werewolf, but one that rips you throat out without a second thought oh yes.
One of the best novels I have read, this author is one to watch
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
don't normally do werewolf novels but this was a good grown up romp with just enough gore & a bit of sexiness. want to read more by Emson ...more
Patricia Dixon
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book quite a lot.. you see a different and more explicit side of the now popular 'werewolf' ...more
Rupam Devkota
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's a boring mess. ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
DNF can't follow story at all it seems all over the place. Will try again at a later date, hate not finishing books. ...more
Apr 03, 2016 added it
amazing book. it's a fantasy book but for adults. ...more
Dave Lightfoot
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Starting to really like this author.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a fab read, dark and mysterious, gory and suspense filled. A great tale with a few twists along the way.
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Thomas Emson is a British horror author. He has written eight novels, all published by Snowbooks in the UK. They include Maneater, Skarlet, and Zombie Brittanica. His Jack The Ripper novel Pariah was published by Tantor Media in the U.S.
His collection of stories The Trees And Other Stories was published on Kindle and CreateSpace. He has also written How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a how-to guide

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