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Excavations of the old Torchwood Institute are under way, but the body of Suzie Costello is nowhere to be found - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel


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Excavations of the old Torchwood Institute are under way, but the body of Suzie Costello is nowhere to be found - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel

30 review for Long Time Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Set prior to Miracle Day as this adventure sees the return of Suzie Costello as this novel references (will spoil) most of the first three series of Torchwood. The side mystery surrounding a series of suicides around Cardiff seems to show the damaging after effects that the secret organisation can have on those who'd been affected by alien involvement. It was really interesting to follow Suzie as she learns of the fate of her former work colleges, her resentment is a constant presence. A nice grim Set prior to Miracle Day as this adventure sees the return of Suzie Costello as this novel references (will spoil) most of the first three series of Torchwood. The side mystery surrounding a series of suicides around Cardiff seems to show the damaging after effects that the secret organisation can have on those who'd been affected by alien involvement. It was really interesting to follow Suzie as she learns of the fate of her former work colleges, her resentment is a constant presence. A nice grim and dark tie in novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Without at least Jack or Ianto this Torchwood novel doesn't do anything for me. The story wasn't very exciting either and the new characters bored the hell out of me. Not to mention the stupid romantic storyline. Two stars for the writing (which was good) and the little Jack Harkness appearance on the last few pages. Without at least Jack or Ianto this Torchwood novel doesn't do anything for me. The story wasn't very exciting either and the new characters bored the hell out of me. Not to mention the stupid romantic storyline. Two stars for the writing (which was good) and the little Jack Harkness appearance on the last few pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved Suzie in the series, I always thought she had so much potential and was sad to see her go so soon, so it was nice to see her back in action in this book. I do kind of wish Andy would have been in it slightly more, seeing as he is one of my favorite characters, but you can't have everything. Although a lot of people said they weren't sure about the ending with Suzie and Cutler...I was just glad that she sort of got a happy ending after all, well as goo I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved Suzie in the series, I always thought she had so much potential and was sad to see her go so soon, so it was nice to see her back in action in this book. I do kind of wish Andy would have been in it slightly more, seeing as he is one of my favorite characters, but you can't have everything. Although a lot of people said they weren't sure about the ending with Suzie and Cutler...I was just glad that she sort of got a happy ending after all, well as good of a happy ending as you are gonna get with Torchwood.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Idamus

    Meh just about covers it,

  5. 4 out of 5

    cesario

    SO. I LOVE SUZIE COSTELLO. this book was a slight let down. i would have liked it to be even more suzie-centric. but ah the thing about torchwood, all torchwood media is that it is always so plot-focused rather than character-driven. there were like 200 new characters in this and it was hard to keep track of any of them because i simply do not care. andy and jack, were both completely underused. well, jack's sort of this thing, overshadowing all of them. he's really the reason for all of this. he SO. I LOVE SUZIE COSTELLO. this book was a slight let down. i would have liked it to be even more suzie-centric. but ah the thing about torchwood, all torchwood media is that it is always so plot-focused rather than character-driven. there were like 200 new characters in this and it was hard to keep track of any of them because i simply do not care. andy and jack, were both completely underused. well, jack's sort of this thing, overshadowing all of them. he's really the reason for all of this. he affects so much of how suzie sees herself. but what i really want from a suzie story is her tragic backstroy. what is it??? tell me?? how did she end up with parents she despised, alone but clever, unable to form proper human relationships, that lead to her being recuited. maybe we'll get it one day. but i doubt it. if i ever win the lottery im gonna finance a suzie centric tv show. there were so many MEN in this. it wasn't suzie centric enough, and the only other women killed themselves. so. sigh. annoying. all of the men were like "O.o ive never seen a woman before" shut up u losers. di whatever his name was. STUPID. theyd known each other for like a week. i dont think suzie wouldve fell for him. and i dont think he would have died for this literal murder, no matter how good at trying to drug him she was. this book did tie nicely into my 'rhys saves gwen' (working title) theory. -this quote said by jack to suzie in long time dead “you need to have more than just the job. you need a life. something to keep you grounded” -also by suzie “it’s given her life purpose” and “torchwood is my family now” and “torchwood saved me … it brought me back to life” the other quote that makes me fucking INSANE "'I don't think anyone's told Suzie Costello they love her in a long time" YEAH WHY WON'T ANYONE OF YOU LOVE HER SHE DESERVES LOVE BECAUSE SHE IS A BROKEN LITTLE CHILD IN THE FUCKING END. WHY ARE YOU USING THIS FACT TO MANIULATE HER TO DRAG HER INTO THE DARKNESS, INTO DEATH FOR THE THIRD TIME HOW CAN YOU SAY YOU LOVE HER DC CUTLER ILL CUT YOUR FUCKING FACE OFF IN A SECOND. anyway. andy in this book was weird. he should have had a bigger role or not been here at all. also please stop describing suzie as having coffee skin and it doesnt need to be mentioned that tosh is japanese every time shes mentioned. jesus christ that quote about owen and toshs bodies being down here somewhere. owen doesn't even have a body left after his sacrifice. is that not common knowledge when it comes to talking about them ??

  6. 4 out of 5

    Seb Hasi

    Suzie being back again can put some people off, as the idea has been done to death (pun intended), but I was pleasantly surprised with how unique and interesting a story Sarah Pinborough was were able to make out of what was at her disposal. DI Tom Cutler returns from the Torchwood novel ‘Into The Silence’ and given he was the best thing about that terrible book, having him be the hero and Suzie the villain really did work as a dynamic. The premise may be off putting but frankly I’m not someone Suzie being back again can put some people off, as the idea has been done to death (pun intended), but I was pleasantly surprised with how unique and interesting a story Sarah Pinborough was were able to make out of what was at her disposal. DI Tom Cutler returns from the Torchwood novel ‘Into The Silence’ and given he was the best thing about that terrible book, having him be the hero and Suzie the villain really did work as a dynamic. The premise may be off putting but frankly I’m not someone who going to whine and complain about Jack not being in it. It’s made explicitly clear it’s set post-COE, and pre-Miracle Day. Suzie is the focus. Everything Changed, They Keep Killing Suzie, Moving Target, Sync are all her appearances give or take and I never really liked her prior as i felt she was a bit two-dimensional, and although it’s nice to say someone is complex, actually showing us that is more convincing. That is done exceptionally well in this story, as you get to see the predominant malicious, sociopathic, killer part, but also a softness and humanity to her character. Cutler is as good as ever, an intelligent detective with a sort of weary charisma that makes you feel sorry for him knowing his past and still being on his side. There are a few characters threaded throughout the novel but they feel less important and don’t really contribute to the narrative aside from being victims. Sarah Pinborough does horror/gore incredibly well. The retcon backfiring and people killing themselves in very descriptive and disgusting ways was excellent if not a bit uncomfortable and that plot line, although sadly not really going anywhere, did tie-in to the Suzie plot-line very well. Suzie’s killings are all disgusting and freakish, and the hell that people enter, the darkness and the shadows were all brilliantly described as you can really see the victims suffering, in a sickening, yet intriguing way. The novel does take a bit of a while to get anywhere towards the middle, but definitely is worth holding on for, as once the climax had been reached, the final confrontation between Cutler and Suzie is incredibly excellent. Full of tension, drama, and brilliant atmosphere, it really engrosses you in that moment, and definitely is a superb payoff that ends her story, once and for all. There’s also a Jack cameo for literally no reason in the last 3 pages, I presume it’s for idiots who can’t enjoy anything Torchwood unless Barrowman is in it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ford

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel, even with just token appearances by the Torchwood characters (mostly in flashbacks). I liked the switching back and forth between the back from the dead Suzie Costello, who is now on a killing spree, and the detective investigating the murders and a rash of suicides connected to people Torchwood saved in the past. If you are a fan on the television series, I highly recommend this novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    Suzie returns in this Torchwood novel that takes place prior to Miracle Day. Recommended to Torchwood fans & Doctor Who fans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ian

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Tony Pope

    If you enjoyed the Torchwood series on TV, chances are you will enjoy being able to revisit the Torchwood universe introduced by the Dr. Who spinoff.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mendy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow, this is one of the better Torchwood books / audio books out there. Let me start with the fact that it is read by Indira Varma, who plays Suzie Costello in the Torchwood series. For you who don’t remember her. She was killed in the first episode as a member of Torchwood 3 going dark. Then had a brief return thanks to an unexpected side effect from the resurrection glove, tried to kill Gwen and her dad. After that she is mentioned a couple of times throughout the series, but nothing more. So Wow, this is one of the better Torchwood books / audio books out there. Let me start with the fact that it is read by Indira Varma, who plays Suzie Costello in the Torchwood series. For you who don’t remember her. She was killed in the first episode as a member of Torchwood 3 going dark. Then had a brief return thanks to an unexpected side effect from the resurrection glove, tried to kill Gwen and her dad. After that she is mentioned a couple of times throughout the series, but nothing more. So I was really surprised to find a story solely based on Suzie Costello. This story takes place post Children of Earth. The hub is destroyed; the Torchwood team doesn’t exist anymore. Tosh, Owen and pour Ianto dead. Jack missing in action and Gwen and Rhys on the run. Turns out psycho bitch Suzie had installed a special something something to insure her return. And boy is she back. Ok, the beginning of the story is a bit confusing, different story lines being explained. How Suzie came back to life, again, with an alien devise sewed in her belly. The cleaning up of the hub, strange murders taking place and people disappearing in the shadows. But throughout the story things become more clearer and clearer. And we get to see a whole different side of Suzie Costello. Her hopes, her fears, her dreams, her reasons for killing and loving, and the deep, deep hate for Captain Jack Harkness. I loved the fact that this story made her more human, and it captured the feel for Torchwood really good. We also have a surprising guest role by Sergeant Andy Davidson, knowing more than he can tell his superiors and being a sneaky bastard by calling Jack. This is one of the books I really would have likes to see as an extra episode in the TV series. Suzie is an amazing complex character that deserved this story. My ratings, sometimes I hate the fact that I can’t dish out half stars on Goodreads, but this story is a 7.5 out of 10 worth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miles Reid-lobatto

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Why? Where 'The Man who Sold the World' was an interesting idea which never really goes anywhere, 'Long Time Dead' feels... like fanfiction. Maybe Suzie Costello (killed off in the first episode of Torchwood, then brought back and killed off again in the sixth) has a large fanbase who was clamouring for more, maybe because I'm not one of those people I'm really missing out on the book's appeal. Again, there's an interesting idea with the possibility that all the things that the Torchwood Hub Base Why? Where 'The Man who Sold the World' was an interesting idea which never really goes anywhere, 'Long Time Dead' feels... like fanfiction. Maybe Suzie Costello (killed off in the first episode of Torchwood, then brought back and killed off again in the sixth) has a large fanbase who was clamouring for more, maybe because I'm not one of those people I'm really missing out on the book's appeal. Again, there's an interesting idea with the possibility that all the things that the Torchwood Hub Base contained getting out into the World... well... Cardiff and causing mass-destruction... well... killing the Welsh... But the basic story just seems weak and inconsequential, Suzie comes back to life... again, goes on a killing spree, falls in love with the man trying to hung her down and they sacrifice themselves to save the world. Jack's hanging around in the background, only seen in the shadows by some of the characters, but he is never really mentioned by name or gets involved in the plot proper, he's just hanging around from a distance, looking all ominous. We don't get any real insight into Suzie, she's just psychotic, she's a killer, thats what she does. There are some nice bits (Suzie's presence causes people to remember being involved with Torchwood shennanigans and then proceed to kill themselves) but nothing really comes of it. It doesn't advance or build upon what we know. It unfortunatly feels pointless and a simple runaround. Why?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    "Torchwood" is a spin off from the BBC's "Dr Who", it focuses on a team of alien hunters based in Cardiff (Wales). This novel wasn't televised but bills itself as a prequel to "Torchwood: Miracle Day". On Goodreads site it is listed as the 17th Torchwood book but you don't need to read the others or even see the TV series to follow the story. In Cardiff the wreckage of the Hub, the headquarters of Torchwood is being excavated. One of the old Torchwood team, Suzie Costello is brought back to life, "Torchwood" is a spin off from the BBC's "Dr Who", it focuses on a team of alien hunters based in Cardiff (Wales). This novel wasn't televised but bills itself as a prequel to "Torchwood: Miracle Day". On Goodreads site it is listed as the 17th Torchwood book but you don't need to read the others or even see the TV series to follow the story. In Cardiff the wreckage of the Hub, the headquarters of Torchwood is being excavated. One of the old Torchwood team, Suzie Costello is brought back to life, having been dead for three years, by some alien technology, that she describes as a darkness within her. The darkness spills out in patches around Cardiff and causes citizens and a scaredy cat to slip into a kind of hell. "She was Death, the deliverer - what the awful. unnatural eternal blackness did with the essence of those people after wasn't her business." By a bizarre and rather eery coincidence in the last book I read Pop Goes the Weasel the Weasel of the title was also Death, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. There is a rift in time and space somewhere around Cardiff, which is responsible for the strange goings on. DCI Tom Cutler is investigating a series of related disappearances and suicides, the suicides leave the same message "I remember", suggesting they remember something about Torchwood that had been erased or suppressed from their memories and the remembering drives them to suicide. It is quite a dark story but not especially gripping.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    I've only read two of the Torchwood spin-off novels, but this was by far my favourite one. I've always been fascinated by the character of Suzie Costello; I always felt there was so much more potential with her than we saw in the TV series, and the actress playing her did an incredible job of fleshing her out just as much as any of the other characters in much less time. Anyway, the book itself. Post-Children of Earth, Suzie is back - for good this time. The book is kind of vague on how, but sinc I've only read two of the Torchwood spin-off novels, but this was by far my favourite one. I've always been fascinated by the character of Suzie Costello; I always felt there was so much more potential with her than we saw in the TV series, and the actress playing her did an incredible job of fleshing her out just as much as any of the other characters in much less time. Anyway, the book itself. Post-Children of Earth, Suzie is back - for good this time. The book is kind of vague on how, but since Suzie herself doesn't quite know what she's gotten herself into, I was alright with this. The plot itself is nothing to write home about - there's a few murders, a love story, blah blah - but the strength of this book lies in the characters. Pinborough does a great job of capturing the madness inside Suzie, but somehow you still root for her. It's crafty, and I found myself hoping against hope that Suzie would finally get her happy ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    Now THIS is darkness...literally & figuratively. One last dance for the psychotic Suzie Costello in a "Miracle Day" prequel that will send shivers down your spine. I would have loved to have seen this filmed as an actual episode -- its cinematic qualities leap from the page, and the dangers of the rift have never seemed so horrifying. My only complaint is that PC (now Sergeant) Andy is given very little to do, and it could have used another fifty pages of terror-filled plot machinations. Otherwi Now THIS is darkness...literally & figuratively. One last dance for the psychotic Suzie Costello in a "Miracle Day" prequel that will send shivers down your spine. I would have loved to have seen this filmed as an actual episode -- its cinematic qualities leap from the page, and the dangers of the rift have never seemed so horrifying. My only complaint is that PC (now Sergeant) Andy is given very little to do, and it could have used another fifty pages of terror-filled plot machinations. Otherwise, it's another nearly-perfect slice of "Torchwood" goodness...though I'm not sure "goodness" is the right word for this literary symphony of death & shadows.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2215851.html[return][return]I absolutely hated Pinborough's previous Torchwood novel, and pondered whether to even crack the covers of this one. However, I'm glad I did; this picks up the story of Suzie Costello, five years after her death in the very first episode of Torchwood, getting unexpectedly resurrected in the rubble of the Hub and creating mayhem while setting up some of the scenery for Miracle Day. None of the regular Torchwood characters appear (apart fro http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2215851.html[return][return]I absolutely hated Pinborough's previous Torchwood novel, and pondered whether to even crack the covers of this one. However, I'm glad I did; this picks up the story of Suzie Costello, five years after her death in the very first episode of Torchwood, getting unexpectedly resurrected in the rubble of the Hub and creating mayhem while setting up some of the scenery for Miracle Day. None of the regular Torchwood characters appear (apart from a very brief look-in from Jack Harkness) but it very nicely ties up a loose end of continuity.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    What a disapointment. First thing this book timeline wise was meant to be the first in the prequeal series and yet was listed as third in the series on the book jacket. Second the actual alien of the piece was confusing, vague and not at all frightening. And third the ending had a heavy dose of instant love that turned one of my favorite villians of the first series into a pile of mush that was willing to die in the arms of a man whom she had just met ten pages ago. I wouldn't recommend this boo What a disapointment. First thing this book timeline wise was meant to be the first in the prequeal series and yet was listed as third in the series on the book jacket. Second the actual alien of the piece was confusing, vague and not at all frightening. And third the ending had a heavy dose of instant love that turned one of my favorite villians of the first series into a pile of mush that was willing to die in the arms of a man whom she had just met ten pages ago. I wouldn't recommend this book even to a fan of Torchwood.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Cassidy

    Of all of the "Torchwood: Miracle Day" prequels I enjoyed this one the most. Partly because it did not tie in directly into the main series, but gave a perspective on the lives of others that Torchwood influenced... those who were retconned by the team in the past. Without delving into plot, using Suzie (a former and pseudo-dead member) as the main character, it gave the disjointed feel, but by addressing the collapse of the Hub in "Children of Earth" and including Andy in it... it still tied in Of all of the "Torchwood: Miracle Day" prequels I enjoyed this one the most. Partly because it did not tie in directly into the main series, but gave a perspective on the lives of others that Torchwood influenced... those who were retconned by the team in the past. Without delving into plot, using Suzie (a former and pseudo-dead member) as the main character, it gave the disjointed feel, but by addressing the collapse of the Hub in "Children of Earth" and including Andy in it... it still tied in to the series. Very well done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Catt

    I never was really interested in the torchwood novels at first but when I say Suzie Costello on the cover I had to buy it as she was a character that always interested me and I was saddened that she didnt appear on series 2 like they had planned so another reason I bought it. I didnt know what to expect at first but from the start of the book it didnt take long for it to grip me and that meant it only took me a few days to finish it. It is one of those books that you cant put down in my opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eri

    As much as I disliked kids topic in previous book the idea of reading about Suzie, character I never got to enjoy (and that I liked Various Torchwood members), that idea led me to simple conclusion - let's listen to audiobook. It turned out to be nice, nicely long, and narrator had very pleasant voice. (view spoiler)[ Just a shadow of Jack appears throughout the book, but more place is given to Andy Davidson, Gwen's cop-friend/colleague. We also get to meet again character from previous book Into As much as I disliked kids topic in previous book the idea of reading about Suzie, character I never got to enjoy (and that I liked Various Torchwood members), that idea led me to simple conclusion - let's listen to audiobook. It turned out to be nice, nicely long, and narrator had very pleasant voice. (view spoiler)[ Just a shadow of Jack appears throughout the book, but more place is given to Andy Davidson, Gwen's cop-friend/colleague. We also get to meet again character from previous book Into the Silence,whose presence I enjoyed greatly, despite his depart. (hide spoiler)] Overall, okay book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Topher Varley

    It was nice to see Suzie again.. But I just think the story could have been better to live up to the promise that came with thoughts of her return. The second half seemed more enjoyable than the first half however. Also on a positive note, I did however like all the little references to other Torchwood stories (including the other books). All in all, it wasn't the strongest story out of the Torchwood books, but there has definitely been worse before it. It was nice to see Suzie again.. But I just think the story could have been better to live up to the promise that came with thoughts of her return. The second half seemed more enjoyable than the first half however. Also on a positive note, I did however like all the little references to other Torchwood stories (including the other books). All in all, it wasn't the strongest story out of the Torchwood books, but there has definitely been worse before it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    First time reading a Torchwood book and it was not as I expected. Really interesting story, but using a character who was killed off in the first episode of the series. Interesting to have her back. No one else from the series is included except the idea or shadow of a man named Captain Jack Harkness. Gripping, sinister and a touch of the macabre. I would recommend this book to anyone who misses the old Torchwood.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Just when we thought we'd never see Suzie Costello again, she's back... Although I was immensely disappointed with the Torchwood: Miracle Day series, I was still interested enough in the overall show to read the books. This one was set before the events in TMD and besides Ms Costello, features a character readers had already met in "Into The Silence" the previous Torchwood novel penned by Sarah Pinborough. This was an entertaining story. Very dark and gruesome in places. Just when we thought we'd never see Suzie Costello again, she's back... Although I was immensely disappointed with the Torchwood: Miracle Day series, I was still interested enough in the overall show to read the books. This one was set before the events in TMD and besides Ms Costello, features a character readers had already met in "Into The Silence" the previous Torchwood novel penned by Sarah Pinborough. This was an entertaining story. Very dark and gruesome in places.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenette

    I really didn't enjoy this one. There was such an unexpected element of insta-love which I have never before encountered in Torchwood, that it seemed almost ludicrous. The entire plot seemed a bit silly and it definitely felt like a filler story designed to fill a gap that could quite happily remained empty. Not to mention a completely unnecessary return from Susie Costello. I really didn't enjoy this one. There was such an unexpected element of insta-love which I have never before encountered in Torchwood, that it seemed almost ludicrous. The entire plot seemed a bit silly and it definitely felt like a filler story designed to fill a gap that could quite happily remained empty. Not to mention a completely unnecessary return from Susie Costello.

  25. 4 out of 5

    H3dakota

    Well, it was better than I would have expected, given that I'm not a Suzie fan. I'm also not a Gwen fan & this story has no Gwen, so that helped. LOL Tragic ending, so don't read it if you want happy endings. Well, it was better than I would have expected, given that I'm not a Suzie fan. I'm also not a Gwen fan & this story has no Gwen, so that helped. LOL Tragic ending, so don't read it if you want happy endings.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Ashleigh ♥ contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!

    pretty scary book, it actually really reminded me of supernatural, which is cool. but yea decided not to finish it, its apparently book 18 in the series..... thinking I should maybe start at book 1 yea?? :P

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Mahoney

    If you enjoyed this Torchwood series then you would definitely enjoy this book instalment. Long time dead revisits a character that we met on day one that Torchwood began and she is every bit as psychotic. The voice acting was wonderful and really well done.

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

    I am really liking this book so far... I throughly enjoy the TV show, so reading this book is familiar.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Mero

    It was fun and interesting to get a glimpse into the inner workings of Suzie Costello.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    While it was a good story...it just wasn't one of the best. Would have made a good episode of Torchwood. While it was a good story...it just wasn't one of the best. Would have made a good episode of Torchwood.

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