The Turnglass (Hardback)
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The Turnglass (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages
Published: 31/08/2023
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Fact and fiction blend in dark and beguiling ways in this mesmerising, haunting dual narrative revolving around two homes called Turnglass House in 1880s England and 1930s California.

1880s England. On the bleak island of Ray, off the Essex coast, an idealistic young doctor, Simeon Lee, is called from London to treat his cousin, Parson Oliver Hawes, who is dying. Parson Hawes, who lives in the only house on the island - Turnglass House - believes he is being poisoned.

And he points the finger at his sister-in-law, Florence. Florence was declared insane after killing Oliver's brother in a jealous rage and is now kept in a glass-walled apartment in Oliver's library. And the secret to how she came to be there is found in Oliver's tete-beche journal, where one side tells a very different story from the other.

1930s California. Celebrated author Oliver Tooke, the son of the state governor, is found dead in his writing hut off the coast of the family residence, Turnglass House. His friend Ken Kourian doesn't believe that Oliver would take his own life.

His investigations lead him to the mysterious kidnapping of Oliver's brother when they were children, and the subsequent secret incarceration of his mother, Florence, in an asylum. But to discover the truth, Ken must decipher clues hidden in Oliver's final book, a tete-beche novel - which is about a young doctor called Simeon Lee.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781398514492
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Wildly clever and evocative, I adored it’  Angela Clarke  ‘Rubin deserves top marks for originality and for braving such a niche literary format . . . what really stands out is the masterful way the tales are cemented together. Believable characters and accomplished characterization add to the suspense, and with Rubin’s expressive and easily digestible prose both stories can appreciated as old-fashioned murder mysteries' The Lady ‘Murder, mystery and secrets combine to create a dazzling achievement that will hook you in'  Best Magazine ‘It’s an incredible book, it’s so different. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before’  Quick Book Reviews Podcast ‘You will feel yourself being drawn into the lives of the main characters and you will find it very difficult to put the books down' South London Press ‘The Turnglass is a narrative of mysterious beauty, locking two very different writing styles to tell two very different stories that are linked so, so very elegantly' Shots ‘This is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year’ Bay Tales

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An in-genius, imaginative and stunning read featuring two highly entertaining mysteries for the prize of one with both colliding and effecting the outcome of the other in unforeseen and truly clever ways that add up... More

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“Mystery upon mystery in this uniquely clever, atmospheric page turner”

"Ken began to read from the start, but all the time he was searching for a meaning beneath the meaning."

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I really enjoyed this unique read. Two books in one. Two intertwined stories, cleverly linked and delightfully immersive.
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