The Seduction (Hardback)
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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 11/06/2020
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Bristling with sinister intent, Briscoe’s pitch-perfect psychological thriller is a compelling study of obsession and paranoia. Centred on the increasingly damaging relationship between an anxious mother and her insidious therapist, The Seduction is a coolly crafted work that is impossible to get out of your head. 

An addictive new story of desire and obsession from the bestselling author of Sleep With Me 'A sizzling new thriller' New York Times Book Review 'Elegant. Gripping. Seductive. A pitch-perfect thriller about obsession and paranoia' David Nicholls 'An addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel' Guardian 'A febrile, urgent tale' Sunday Times 'A gripping thriller' independent.co.uk 'A page-turning psycho sexual romp ... Enjoy the helter-skelter ride' Daily Mail 'This is seduction of the most insidious kind' Spectator 'A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession, it glitters with menace' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully written and completely heart-in-mouth gripping' Barbara Trapido Beth lives by Camden Lock with her partner Sol and their daughter Fern. Life is peaceful, but Beth is troubled by increasing unease. It could be to do with her mother's disappearance years ago. It could be her sense that Fern is keeping secrets from her. So she goes to therapy. Dr Tamara Bywater is there to help her patients, and soon their sessions become the highlight of Beth's week. But Beth is in over her head before she realises that Tamara might not be all she seems... What if the person you trust the most turns out to be the greatest danger of all?

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781408873496
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession, it glitters with menace * Mail on Sunday *
Very enjoyable ... a typically probing, sometimes uncomfortable, always gripping story of erotic obsession -- Jonathan Coe * Observer, Best Books of 2020 *
Briscoe deftly explores the therapeutic transferential relationship in a tense, skilfully plotted and emotionally perceptive story * Observer *
A sizzling new thriller ... Briscoe has a dreamy, elliptical style that reflects the dreamy, elliptical sensibilities of her characters. The Seduction examines the life of one such woman, Beth, a London artist whose psychological upheavals - over what she has lost, what she is afraid of losing, what she wants - threaten to unravel her family and destroy her sanity * New York Times Book Review *
The author has a fine eye for aesthetic detail and an even finer one for parental relationships ... this is seduction of the most insidious kind * Spectator *
Through this addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel, Briscoe reminds us to value the quieter forms of love * Guardian *
A febrile, urgent tale * Sunday Times *
Juicy and thrilling * Heat *
A gripping thriller * independent.co.uk *
As fans might expect, Briscoe's new novel is a page-turning psycho sexual romp ... As Briscoe folds generous swirls of melodrama into the mix, the novel's temperature rises from feverish to volcanic ... enjoy the helter-skelter ride * Daily Mail *
Joanna Briscoe is one of those writers who manages to pull off that combination of pin-sharp prose with the pull of a plot that keeps you turning the pages. Richly observed, The Seduction is a rewardingly moreish read * Living *
A vivid and evocative tale of obsession and deception * Sunday Mirror *
A clever, nuanced, elegantly written exploration of obsession * Saga *
Joanna Briscoe writes with elegance and passion about the clashes, misunderstandings and silences between generations -- Maggie O'Farrell
Her prose is beguilingly good -- Elizabeth Day * Observer *
Dark, sexy, compelling -- Sofka Zinovieff
Briscoe weaves compelling fiction. The prose is rich, the setting evocative * Guardian *
A vivid and passionate writer. She plunges headlong into sticky themes of desire, love and hatred, uncovering the unpalatable parts of the psyche with an unflinching eye * Sunday Times *
A passionate and humorous storyteller, Briscoe is a writer who puts her reader's pleasure first * Independent *
Elegiac, beautiful, evocative ... Works in much the same way as an obsession ... you may wish to escape, but have already become addicted -- Anita Sethi * Daily Telegraph *
Seductive, scary and almost frighteningly readable -- Julie Myerson

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“Loved this! For fans of Zoe Heller and Siri Hustvedt”

I loved this straight from the cover - with its artful invitation to be a Freudian fly on the wall for an analysis of what makes love and lust tick.

Following her recent detour into more ghostly realms with the... More

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“Quite the page turner”

Having read some of Joanna Briscoe's other works I guessed I was in for an intense ride with The Seduction. I wasn't wrong. I might also have been a tiny bit seduced myself by that stunning cover.

Beth is... More

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“Hypnotic”

We follow our protagonist Beth; wife, mother and artist.  She lives by Camden lock with husband Sol and daughter Fern who has just turned 13.
Plagued by guilt, anger and flashbacks of her mother, who left Beth and her... More

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