'Tautly crafted and chilling, if there's a rush of people cancelling internet chatroom accounts this month blame the dark talent of Charles Maclean' -- Daily Record on HOME BEFORE DARK 20080702 'Packed with blood, murder and mayhem, HOME BEFORE DARK is a particularly disturbing thriller - menacing...gruesome...original...Don't underestimate Maclean.' -- Spectator on HOME BEFORE DARK 20080702 'A gripping, disturbing, utterly up to the minute thriller' -- Joanna Trollope on HOME BEFORE DARK 20080702 'Utterly gripping - the best thriller of the Internet age I have ever read. It lures you into the seductive world of the chat-room, where nothing is quite what it seems, and the mundane shades chillingly into the sinister. There were times when I scarcely dared to turn the page.' -- Magnus Linklater on HOME BEFORE DARK 20080427 'Intricately plotted and cast in understated prose, HOME BEFORE DARK kept me up long after midnight.' -- Bloomberg on HOME BEFORE DARK 20080427 'A very well written thriller, with moments of genuine suspense and jeopardy, HOME BEFORE DARK is a modern horror story full of very human demons.' -- Mike Ripley's Crime File 20080427 'A classic thriller of the highest quality - complex, meticulously researched and skilfully told - but it goes further, taking the genre into cyber-space and giving terror a whole new dimension. The murderous hacker enters unobserved into his victims' lives. Reality and virtual reality become confused. The protagonists criss-cross the globe by train and plane but the digital avenger is always one step ahead. A compulsive read.' -- Piers Paul Read 20080427 'A thriller that gripped me by the throat and wouldn't let go for 36 tortured hours, HOME BEFORE DARK chills the eyes as well as the spine. I have never seen such evil leak out of a computer screen. Maclean is a master of electronic horror.' -- Ferdinand Mount 20080427 'Like the best horror stories, HOME BEFORE DARK creates a stifling, claustrophobic atmosphere; it catches you up so you feel you are a player in the plot, not just an observer. It doesn't let you rest: you wake in the night and carry on reading - and as more pieces of the jig-saw fall into place, you begin to see the potential horror just as the protagonists become aware of it. Marvellously ingenious and unexpected.' -- Scotch Whisky Review 20080427
Charles Maclean is married with four children and lives on the west coast of Argyll, where he runs a small estate and holiday cottage business. An associate editor of Travel and Leisure magazine, Maclean spent ten years in New York, from where he wrote a column for the London Evening Standard. He was a founder member of the Ecologist magazine and with Edward Goldsmith helped launch 'Blueprint For Survival', which became a handbook for the environmental movement in the UK. He has written several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction including the prize-winning classic ISLAND ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.