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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield. One day, out of the blue, she receives a parcel containing the manuscript of Edward’s first novel and is drawn into the life of his fictional character, Tony Hastings. Dazzling and terrifying, Tony and Susan is simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of his character Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. As the Hastings family’s ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

Tony and Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity.

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Critical Praise

“A masterful example of narrative intensity and artistic control.” —Sunday Times (London)

“Brilliantly original. . . . Two thrillers in one . . . and each infinitely superior to most thrillers because they play for keeps. . . . Read it at your peril-in daylight, preferably.” —Chicago Tribune

“A thrilling narrative about reading, marriage, crises and revenge.” —The Times (London)

“A brilliant novel. . . . Astute, cunning and thrilling in equal measure.” —Independent

“A thriller with the grip of a pit bull. . . . With its trapdoor narrative and its psychological sleight-of-hand, this is a novel of immense guile and unsettling velocity. Why Wright isn’t better known is a mystery to me. He’s brilliant.” —Rupert Thomson, author of Secrecy

“Manages to combine a truly first-rate thriller with some serious discourse about the relationship between reading and writing.” —Big Issue

“Fiction seldom gets this good.” —Seattle Times

“Creepy, illuminating, quite wonderful.” —Donna Leon, author of Drawing Conclusions

“An excellent book: gripping, well-written, structurally interesting.” —The Guardian

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443404792
  • ISBN 10: 1443404799
  • Imprint: HarperWeekend
  • On Sale: 10/02/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 13.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Media Tie-In
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

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