Mouth to Mouth (Hardback)Antoine Wilson (author)
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With deliciously sinister echoes of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt, Wilson's compact, concise psychological thriller asks intriguing questions about identity, fate and the nature of guilt, centring upon a heroic rescue with far-flung and disturbing consequences.
A struggling author is stuck at the airport, his flight endlessly delayed. As he kills time at the gate, he bumps into a former classmate of his, Jeff, who is waiting for the same flight. The charismatic Jeff invites the author to drinks in the First Class lounge, and there, swearing him to secrecy, begins telling him the fascinating and disturbing story of his gilded life, starting with a pivotal incident from his youth...
Alone on the beach one morning, Jeff notices a swimmer drowning in the rough surf - and so he rescues and resuscitates the unconscious man, before leaving him to the emergency services. But Jeff can't let go of the events of that traumatic day, and he begins to feel compelled to learn more about the man whose life he has saved, convinced that their destinies are now somehow entwined. Upon discovering that the man is the renowned art dealer Francis Arsenault, Jeff begins to surreptitiously visit his Beverly Hills gallery, eventually applying there for a job. Although Francis doesn't seem to recognize him, he nevertheless casts his legendary eye over Jeff and sees something of worth - and so he initiates him into his world of unimaginable power and wealth, where knowledge, taste and access are currency, and the value of things is constantly shifting, constantly calling into question what is real, and what matters.
As Jeff finds himself seduced by the lifestyle, he pursues a deeper connection with Francis, until morals become expendable and their relationship becomes ever darker, leaving him to wonder... should he have just let Francis drown?
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 223 x 147 x 22 mm
'The ghost of Tom Ripley hangs over this slippery tale... a novel to gulp in one sitting' - Daily Mail
'Breakneck... the author plants and springs his plot surprises like a young master' - Wall Street Journal
'Carries distinct shades of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt... A supremely gripping tale of serendipity and deception, and delivers a brilliant ending that will leave you guessing about everything that came before' - Vogue
'Breathes new life into the literary thriller... in a landscape of literary fiction trending towards navel-gazing, it's a delight to read a pacy story, well told. Mouth to Mouth is to be devoured in one greedy gulp, but the questions it raises linger long afterwards' - Financial Times
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