Cunningly constructed and unbearably suspenseful, Mishani’s psychological thriller revolves around the impact of the lies and half-truths four individuals reveal to each other about themselves.
Shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2021.
Winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique 2021
Translated by Booker International winner Jessica Cohen
A dark psychological thriller with a killer twist, that has topped the bestseller charts in its native Israel.
Three tells the stories of three women: Orna, a divorced single-mother looking for a new relationship; Emilia, a Latvian immigrant on a spiritual search; and Ella, married and mother of three, returning to University to write her thesis. All of them will meet the same man. His name is Gil. He won't tell them the whole truth about himself - but they don't tell him everything either.
Tense, twisted and surprising, Three is a daring new form of psychological thriller. It is a declaration of war against the normalisation of death and violence. Slowly but surely, you see the danger each woman walks into. What you won't see is the trap being laid - until it snaps shut.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
'The architecture of Mishani's new book is meticulously crafted, the tension builds up step by step as a result of the fatal choices the protagonists make. With huge talent Mishani shows the normality of everyday life in Israel as a fertile ground for pure evil . . . A sophisticated literary machine, Three is a work written like a Shakespearean play . . . I believe it'll be remembered as a work that heralded a new-wave in Israeli fiction just as My Michael by Amos Oz did a few decades ago.' - Haaretz, Israel
'Dror Mishani writes with profound originality.' - Henning Mankell
'Dror Mishani has reached the world league of crime fiction.' - Die Zeit, Germany
'Dror Mishani marvellously handles the art of suspense.' - Les Echos, France
'Dror Mishani is one of the greatest new writers in the genre.' - Politiken, Denmark
'A psychological drama that goes far beyond the standard thriller plot.' - Wprost, Poland
'Three is an outstanding thriller. From the first page, Mishani's addictive prose begins its work, drawing you into a devious plot where life, fate and murder intertwine. A steady hand, immersive writing and masterful storytelling. This is suspense at its best.' - Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close to Breathe
'Superb, the way darkness snakes its way into these apparently humdrum lives. A book with killer twists that are impossible to see coming, but utterly convincing.The pay-off for the reader is fantastic.' - Willam Shaw, author of Deadland
'In three parts, there are very effectful plot twists just when you expect them least.Psychologically sophisticated suspense and three touching and subtle portraits of women.' - Dagmar Kaindl, BuchKultur
'I was nailed to this story. In serene, almost transparent prose Mishani leads us into a devilish underworld of other minds, where real and imaginary collide and answers cannot be guessed but we desperately want them, right to the end. Riveting and masterly.' - Polly Clark, author of Larchfield
'A masterpiece that - on quiet paws - evokes more insight than some of the many editorials.' - WDR Radio, Book of the week
'Dror Mishani is the undisputable spiritual heir to George Simenon.' - Le Monde
'The characters and mood of this intriguing page-turner remain with the reader long after the last page.' - The Lady
'An utterly convincing and utterly compelling exercise in Highsmithian horror.' - The Times
'A Tel-Aviv-set psychological thriller . . . with surprise after surprise stored up its clever sleeve, Dror Mishani's stand-alone serial killer tale . . . with a difference evokes both Patricia Highsmith and the quiet desperation of some of Simenon's non-Maigret novels.' - Crime Time
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