Leo Benedictus

The Secret History meets American Psycho in this superbly crafted novel.

‘A fascinating, disturbing and original thriller that erases the boundaries of the genre and draws challenging new ones’ Sophie Hannah

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An ingeniously nasty exercise reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov and Patricia Highsmith – John Dugdale, Sunday Times

This book is an experiment.
We’re experimenting together.
You are part of the experiment, if you’ll agree to it.

Normally I don’t let my subjects choose to be subjects. If you know you’re being watched, you cease to be you.

But I want you to read this. I wrote it for you.

This magnetic book pulls you in its wake even as you resist its force. Sometimes you don’t want to know what’s next…

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An ingeniously nasty exercise reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov and Patricia Highsmith.

John Dugdale, Sunday Times
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Thought-provoking as well as shocking... a compulsive dark comedy that entertains and unnerves in equal measure.

Anthony Cummins, Metro
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Another clever, cutting riff on the book-within-a book… this strangely congenial thriller-cum-treatise on urban disaffection, modern relationships, misogyny and madness, ends on a note of provocative ambiguity.

Catherine Taylor, Guardian
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‘Such a great read and the product of a highly entertaining and disturbingly dark mind. If I was a friend of Leo Benedictus I’d be reconsidering my options.’

Stephen Mangan
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This is a novel that plays with the conventions of the form... With great subtlety and wit, Benedictus shows us how close our own relentless curiosity about the lives of the characters in the book is to the deranged obsessions of the narrator... It all makes for an unusual and enormously compelling novel.

Alex Preston, Observer
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A word of warning: do not pick up this novella late at night. Not if you’d like to sleep any time soon… darkly addictive.

Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday