The Night Guest (Paperback)Fiona McFarlane (author)
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Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
Winner of the inaugural Voss Literary Prize
Joint winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award
In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's Frida, sent to be Ruth's carer.
At first, Ruth welcomes Frida's vigorous presence and her willingness to hear Ruth's tales of growing up in Fiji. She even helps reunite Ruth with a childhood sweetheart. But why does Ruth sense a tiger prowling through the house at night? Is she losing her wits? Can she trust the enigmatic Frida? And how far can she trust herself?
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 19 mm
Horribly believable, The Night Guest is an impressive debut novel that sustains the tense unravelling of its mystery. * The Sunday Times *
This psychological thriller feels uneasily close to the realities many families face . . . What's real and what's imagined are terrifyingly difficult to distinguish. It's surreal and menacing. * The Times *
McFarlane exploits the vulnerably blurry boundaries of memory here to create a subtle and beguiling crescendo of suspense . . . A limpid, beautiful novel. * Daily Mail *
A witty, poetic psychological thriller in which the reader becomes so firmly embedded in Ruth's mind that one cannot help but sympathise with her confusion * Financial Times *
A powerfully distinctive narrative about identity and memory, the weight of life and the approach of death * Guardian *
Beautifully written and psychologically tense . . . extraordinarily accomplished * Sunday Express *
You wouldn't think this was a debut novel, it is so accomplished and confident . . . A witty, menacing psychological thriller * Mumsnet *
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