BOOK REVIEW: The Relic by Robert Preston and Lincoln Child


Review by Ryder Islington

Every now and then you come across a book that gives you the creeps, but you can’t stop reading it. And so it is with The Relic. Set in New York, with characters you grow close to quickly, this story conjures a monster from the depths of the rain forest and looses it on the city. The story starts in Brazil, where a scientist from the New York Museum of Natural History is looking for artifacts.

The crate arrives. And the terror begins. Grisly murders occur, with no trace of the killer.
It’s one of those stories where the reader is on the edge of her seat, yelling at the character, “Don’t open that door!”

Could the man who went to the rain forest have transformed into a killer? Or was there something else in the crate? A variety of characters, including a newspaper reporter, a New York city detective, an elusive FBI agent, and a host of specialists who work in the library, people this thriller, and interact with every emotion as they try to stay alive, and find the beast who is ripping humans apart, head first.

I highly recommend this book for any reader of mysteries, thrillers or suspense novels. But beware. This is not a book for the squeamish. It’s not a bedtime story. It’s best read with the lights on, and your back against a wall.