I Have Waited, And You Have Come

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‘Cataclysmically brilliant... In a grim and unforgiving environment, Rachel is a brave and uncompromising heroine. Tense and nightmarish, the novel builds to a shocking conclusion that stays with you for a very long time.’ Elizabeth Haynes

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Sensual, poignant and sinister, this is a story of obsession—and survival.

Rachel fends for herself in a country brought to its knees.

Since Jason left two years ago, she only ventures beyond the safety of her storm wall when food supplies dwindle. Her one contact with the outside world is through Noah, who runs the market. Hoping he might be the answer to her isolation, she proposes a date. When another man turns up in Noah’s place, she is intrigued and repelled in equal measure. And when Noah denies all knowledge, she sets out to track down the stranger.

Could this be a new beginning, or is she being drawn into a dangerous game?

I Have Waited, And You Have Come Book Group Guide


14 August 2012
This novel manages to combine the nightmare of a post environmental apocalypse with a psychological thriller... McDonagh’s novel is a fine example of the spec fiction genre, the changed world she has created seems eerily real.
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13 February 2012
A frighteningly real vision of life after an apocalyptic event… Deeply atmospheric and darkly original, it explores the impact of loneliness and loss on the psyche in extreme conditions, and the terrible toll it can take.
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The Eloquent Page

12 February 2012
I’m still thinking about this book days after I finished reading it. The science fiction element was the initial hook that drew me in but there is so much more to consider – the nature of obsessive behaviour, how differing perspectives can offer completely different interpretations of the same event. This is a thought-provoking novel that is deceptively chilling.
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The Bookbag

1 February 2012
I have waited, and you have come takes its dystopian near-future setting and uses it to build a derelict world of bleak isolation. The dreamlike first-person narrative reinforces this with vivid descriptions of the mouldering landscape of a post-civilization Britain. This is Martine McDonagh's first novel, making the power of her simple prose all the more impressive. She has crafted a taut, creepy portrait of a woman whose already fragile mental state is pushed to breaking point by a series of threats which may be real or only imagined. Rachel is a fascinating study in the effects of isolation and paranoia. Told with passion and real skill I have waited, and you have come is a disturbing but rewarding read that makes a virtue of brevity and a narrow focus.
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