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Nocturnal Animals

Previously published as Tony and Susan

About the Book


Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back 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. 

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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: 9781443453882
  • ISBN 10: 1443453889
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 11/29/2016
  • Pages: 464
  • List Price: 10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Thrillers / General
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Media Tie-In
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

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