Beware the Woman (Hardback)
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Beware the Woman (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 06/07/2023
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A deliciously disturbing psychological chiller that places a young woman at the mercy of her potentially sinister boyfriend's family, Beware the Woman is a claustrophobic masterclass in paranoia and suspicion.

'Honey, I just want you to have everything you ever wanted.' That's what Jacy's mom always told her.

And Jacy felt like she finally did. Newly married and with a baby on the way, Jacy and her new husband Jed embark on their first road trip together to visit his father, Doctor Ash, in Michigan's far-flung Upper Peninsula. The moment they arrive in the cozy cottage in the lush woods, Jacy feels bathed in love by the warm and hospitable Doctor Ash, if less so by his house manager, the enigmatic Mrs. Brandt.

But their Edenic first days take a turn when Jacy has a health scare. Swiftly, vacation activities are scrapped, and all eyes are on Jacy's condition. At the same time, whispers about Jed's long-dead mother and complicated family history seem eerily to be impeding upon the present. As the days pass, Jacy begins to feel trapped in the cottage, her every move surveilled, her body under the looking glass. But are her fears founded or is it paranoia, or cabin fever, or - as is suggested to her - a stubborn refusal to take necessary precautions? The dense woods surrounding the cottage are full of dangers, but are the greater ones inside?

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349012490
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A haunted, woozy, suspenseful Midwest Gothic Noir ... A slow-burning novel of almost unbearable tension ... Megan Abbott is always essential reading - Declan Hughes, Irish Times

A splendidly tense and atmospheric homage to the Gothic tradition - a contemporary Rebeccaamid the Great Lakes - John Williams, Mail on Sunday

Abbott ratchets up the menace towards an unexpected ending in a claustrophobic chiller about how men deny women agency - Guardian, Books of the Month - Crime & Thrillers

A feminist fable as well as a psychological thriller with horror hints ... What initially looks set to be areworking of Rebecca becomes instead an incisive parable of today's America, where superficially nice men are reasserting their former control over women's reproductive choices - Sunday Times

Megan Abbott is quite rightly considered to be psycho thriller royalty ... Abbott's writing is as intense andenergetic ... Every page is laced with quiet menace - Daily Mail

Megan Abbott is a masterful builder of mood, her voluptuous prose heavy with sex and weather - New York Times Book Review

Timely and terrifying - People

Imagine Get Out but with feminist themes . . . Dripping with tense confrontations, curiously dead wives, and the gendered expectations that accompany both. It's a suspenseful page-turner - Vulture

With this bewitchingly creepy tale, thriller queen Megan Abbott keeps readers questioning whether this family getaway is the stuff of anxiety dreams or Bluebeard nightmares - Oprah Daily

Do not read this brilliant (but dark) book with the lights off - The Sun

Scintillating and chilling from start to finish - Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

Terrific at finding dread around every corner, at making you see the grotesque and frightening in something previously mundane...Beware the Woman is a master class in suspense - Seattle Times

A cabin-fever suspense novel laced with menacing Rosemary's Baby-ish undertones - Philadelphia Enquirer

Extraordinary. Rosemary's Baby midwifed by Mrs Danvers. Megan Abbott is a genius. has that feeling of being a book that will be read 100 years from now and marvelled over. A true classic - Sarah Hilary, author of THORN

Sultry, subversive, shades of Rebecca in a menacing, Gothic exploration of threats to female bodily autonomy, which may be current but have been sadly ever so. I loved it - Harriet Tyce, author of It Ends at Midnight

Abbott is a superstar of the suspense genre. . . . Beware the Woman is Rebecca wedded to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Along with the feverish psychological twists and turns that Abbott's novels are celebrated for, Beware the Woman explores the timely topic of women's autonomy over their own bodies - NPR

Megan Abbott can do no wrong. Stunningly twisty, Beware the Woman so deftly holds some of the most pressing feminist issues of our time in an eerie, ominous grip. Bodily autonomy, reproduction, patriarchal power-this thriller feels terrifyingly of the moment, and perhaps that's where the truest horror lies - Ashley Audrain, author of The Push

Beware the Woman proves yet again why Megan Abbott is a literary rock star. Feverish, razor sharp, and pulsing with dread, it's a tale both timeless and terrifyingly of-the-moment - Riley Sager, author of The House Across the Lake

Is there anyone like Megan Abbott? BEWARE THE WOMAN is the work of a fearless cartographer of the darkest, seediest, most gloriously haunted landscapes of the human heart and psyche - Kelly Link

Beware the Woman is Megan Abbott at her best, which is about as good as it gets. A modern-day Gothic, it is chilling and creepy, feverish and surreal, and compulsively readable - Laura Lippman, author of Prom Mom

Spectacular. Her best yet. Kind of Rosemary's Baby meets Rebecca. Nobody, but nobody does creeping dread like Megan Abbott does - Sam Baker

Spine-tingling . . . Manipulating the sense of menace like a virtuoso violinist, Abbott expertly foreshadows the wrenching family secrets that are exposed in a ferocious finale. Sinewy prose and note-perfect pacing make this a masterful and provocative deep dive into desire, love, and gender politics. Readers will be left breathless - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Megan Abbott masterfully uses the pretext of a pregnant woman's heightened senses...to build a claustrophobic atmosphere of mistrust and insecurity reminiscent of GET OUT. You're sure to get chills. An unsettling, nightmare-inducing morsel from a master of suspense - Kirkus Reviews

An absolutely brilliant novel: I now want to read the entire Megan Abbott oeuvre - A.N. Wilson, Tablet

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“Beware the Woman”

This is classed as a psychologic story and it does not disappoint. Jacy and Jed meet and marry very quickly after meeting. Jacy is a teacher of little ones and Jed has his own business making neon signs. Jacy... More

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“Oh dear ...”

What a very weird book. I didn’t like anything about it – the writing style, the characters, the plot. It was very creepy, with too many pages and too little happening. I was glad when I got to the end. This is... More

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