'There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realised, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely-written book.' HILARY MANTEL
'A superb novel. Grown-up, genuinely suspenseful, wonderfully well-constructed, intelligent and provocative. I really didn't want to finish it. And I don't say that very often.' JULIE MYERSON
'Once you start you can't stop reading. Terrific.' HELEN DUNMORE
Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.
Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him - a decision that will put everything she values at risk.
At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can't control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.
Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman's adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.Revue de presse :
'Once you start reading you can't stop. Terrific.' --Helen Dunmore
'There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realised, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book.' --Hilary Mantel
'Read until 2am to finish it. Once you start, you just have to keep reading to find out.' --Emma Brockes
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Description du livre État : New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. N° de réf. du libraire 36S9FP0012IJ
Description du livre Sarah Crichton Books, 2014. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realized, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more surefooted with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book." Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies " At the start of Louise Doughty's taut and psychologically persuasive novel we find [Yvonne] taking the witness stand at the Old Bailey, accused of complicity in a violent crime and about to be exposed in a highly damaging and compromising lie . . . This is a novel that explores the ease with which we can stray off our safe, familiar paths and become addicted to the stories we tell about ourselves. A disquieting, perceptive and gripping read ." Daily Mail " Doughty's achievement is to imagine a horribly mundane tragedythe kind that could happen to anyone, but a tragedy nonetheless . . . It gives nothing away to state that the comprehensiveness of [Yvonne's] public disgrace is harrowingly well-realised . . . The trial itself is a masterful piece of evasion and selective disclosure . . . A compelling cautionary tale of what happens when fantasy begins to occlude real life. 'The trouble with stories is, they are addictive,' Doughty states. In this case, she may never have written a truer word ." The Guardian " Louise Doughty has written a gripping thriller that calls our own thoughts on morality into question and is impossible to put down. Intelligent and captivating, Apple Tree Yard makes you realise how one bad decision can change the course of your life forever ." Stylist Magazine , Top Ten Must-Reads for June " Doughty controls the progress of this narrative beautifully, parsing out information with tantalising hints at what is to come . . . Apple Tree Yard is a chilling novel, in part because of the unsparing light it shines on our ability to deceive ourselves. Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories, for making us ask difficult questions of ourselves, and this is her strongest book yet. It's not a comfortable read, but it is entirely compelling." The Observer (London) " Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to a breaking point." The Times (London) " If a prologue to a novel is to whet the reader's appetite, Louise Doughty provides irresistible temptation with the opening to Apple Tree Yard . . . Recollection, interspersed with the growing tension as the trial plays out in the Old Bailey, provides a perfectly dovetailed structure. But within the thriller framework lies a wealth of acutely observed detail, a dissection of social attitudes and an examination of lust, trust, predatory sex, risky behaviour and responsibility . . . As deftly as her lover lured Yvonne into a high-risk relationship, Doughty has skilfully led the reader to cast aside misgivings and trust her confident lead. That the result is unsettling is evidence that there is considerably more to Apple Tree Yard than thrilling narrative alone ." Herald Scotland "Doughty, like Zo Heller, Rachel Cusk, and Tessa Hadley, drops sharp, shiver-inducing insights, like winter raindrops, on every page . . . The story is compelling, but Doughty makes sure that we're enthralled by teasing us with tantalising glimpses of future events. Her writing is piercing and potent, overpowering emotions captured in sharp, pithy phrases. For all the tachycardia-inducing detail of the plot, Doughty's view is broad, steeping the story in authenticity. She provides convincing examples of the effects of trauma, such as the atmosphere after a vitriolic outburst at a middle-class dinner party: 'ugly and baffled silence . . . thick in the yellow room'; and describes the larger world, such as a stranger's personal drama on the street. The court scene is one of the best I've ever read, the suspense and tension building to a taut peak. A major. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0374105677
Description du livre Sarah Crichton Books, 2014. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0374105677
Description du livre Sarah Crichton Books, 2014. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110374105677