Mouth to Mouth (Hardback)
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Mouth to Mouth (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages
Published: 03/03/2022
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Waterstones Says

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
ISBN: 9781838955199
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 223 x 147 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

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, Best Books of 2022

'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

Swift, and graceful, an agile novel of ideas with unexpectedly sharp teeth - Lauren Groff, National Book Award-shortlisted author of Matrix

The best book I've read in ages... I see you now, dear Reader, with this novel in your hand and already losing track of time - Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

Compulsive... Addictive... Mouth to Mouth interrogates the very nature of identity, destiny and storytelling - Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son

A stunner of a novel. Mouth to Mouth shook and thrilled me from the first page to the last - Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

I read this book in one rapturous sitting, jotting down line after line, riveted until the final shocking, clarifying sentence - Sarah Manguso, author of 300 Arguments

Sinewy and mesmerizing... Antoine Wilson's on a high wire and he never makes a wrong move - Marisa Silver, author of Little Nothing and The Mysteries

A rarity, a perfect narrative machine, working by its own laws. It enmeshes the reader in a trap of complicity, one that snaps shut on narrator and reader at the same instant. Bravo. - Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude

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“A vibrant and intelligent read”

Mouth to Mouth balances chance and choice, by having the various events of the novel instruct the main character (but not narrator) to make decisions actively, or passively that will alter his life and those around... More

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“Superb! Addictive! Highly recommended!”

Thank you very much to the person who contacted me to suggest I read this & to the publishers for the review copy - they were so right!

So before you read my review whether you like a fiction read or a crime read... More

Hardback edition
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“What A Page Turner”

! Mouth To Mouth tells the story of Jeff, who resusciates a drowning man, becomes obsessed with tracking him down, and begins to slowly insinuate himself into his life. There is a real echo of The New York trilogy by... More

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