Donna Tartt meets The Virgin Suicides in this intense and haunting psychological thriller Winner of two CWA daggers - the Ian Flemming Steel Dagger and the New Blood Dagger 'To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild...after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave' Stephen King 'This is a stylish thriller about housewives who don't recognise their own desperations' Literary Review 'Relentless, often creepy, but never less than real, this stylish and gripping tale will give you the shivers' Guardian 'Compulsively disturbing' Time Out 'It is a stunningly accomplished evocation of the oppressiveness of small-town' Sunday Times 'Flynn's debut novel grips like an iron fist from the start a great book and a compulsive thriller' Metro '[A] sinister and stylish psychological drama...Flynn brilliantly depicts the lurking malice and secrets of a small community' Daily Mail 'This is a fine debut novel A major talent has arrived' Independent on Sunday 'Sharp, clean exciting writing that grabs you from the first page. A real pleasure' Kate Atkinson
Gillian Flynn is the chief TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. This is her first novel.
Flynn's debut novel focuses on an emotionally fragile young woman whose sanity is being severely tested by family dysfunction, smalltown incivility and murder. It is a mesmerizing psychological thriller that is also quite disturbing and, thanks to reader Lee's chillingly effective rendition, at times almost unbearably so. Camille Preaker, a novice reporter with a history of self-mutilation, is sent to her hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of one teenage girl and the disappearance of another. There, she must face a variety of monsters from the past and the present, including her aloof and patronizing mother, her obnoxiously precocious 13-year-old stepsister who dabbles in drugs, sex and humiliation, and an unknown serial killer whose mutilated victims bring back haunting memories. Lee's interpretation of mom enhances the character's detachment and airy state of denial to an infuriating degree. And her abrupt change of pace when Camille suddenly begins chanting the words carved on her body is hair-raising. But the voice Lee gives to the stepsister-tinged with a sarcastic, cynical and downright evil girly singsong-makes one's blood run cold. Simultaneous release with the Shaye Areheart hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"fizzes with colour and tension...a brilliant debut" GUARDIAN "A compellnig story, absolutely unputdownable" TELEGRAPH & ARGUS
Returning to her hometown after two preteen girls are murdered there, reporter Camille Preaker must get reacquainted with her mother and weirdly charasmatic little half-sister. And then the bad memories resurface. A debut from Entertainment Weekly's chief TV critic; with a five-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.