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The Long Shadow

Celia Fremlin

Faber’s classic seasonal suspense novel for 2018, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Hours Before Dawn

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From the Edgar Award-winning author of The Hours Before Dawn

Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband, Ivor, who died in a car crash barely two months ago.

As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected Christmas guests, who may be looking for more than simple festive cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers? Who left the half-drunk whiskey bottle beside his favourite chair? And why won’t that man stop phoning, insisting he can prove Imogen’s guilt?

‘The story unfolds with brilliant ingenuity, always on the verge of explanation, ever plausibly plunging deeper.’ The Times

‘Celia Fremlin is an astonishing writer, who explores that nightmare country where brain, mind and self battle to establish the truth. She illuminates her dark world with acute perception and great wit.’ Natasha Cooper

‘Dark, hilarious, engrossing and genuinely chilling . . . it could only have been written by Celia Fremlin.’ Kate Murray-Browne, autho rof The Upstairs Room

Critic Reviews

Beautifully written . . . Fremlin's sly, subtly feminist take on the ghost story is a gem. She has been called "Britain's Patricia Highsmith" but here, in festive mode, you're reminded of Jane Austen.

Sunday Times 'Thriller of the Month'
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Perceptive, funny and genuinely chilling.

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Britain's equivalent to Patricia Highsmith, Celia Fremlin wrote psychological thrillers that changed the landscape of crime fiction for ever: her novels are domestic, subtle, penetrating - and quite horribly chilling.

Andrew Taylor
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Genuine chiller... Splendid suspense in a brilliantly captured domestic setting.

Sunday Telegraph
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The story unfolds with brilliant ingenuity, always on the verge of explanation, ever plausibly plunging deeper.

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‘Happily for readers new or familiar with Fremlin’s books, Faber is reissuing her complete oeuvre, and this dark, unsettling but immensely entertaining mystery – brimming with subtlety, irony, elegance and wickedly drawn character portraits – would be an excellent place to start this Christmas season. . . . The darker side of human nature is laid bare with breathtaking insight . . . A rich exploration of the dynamics of family life and a genuinely chilling psychological mystery story with a slow burn that teases and twists its way to a satisfying conclusion, The Long Shadow is the perfect accompaniment to a winter’s night, a glass of wine and the glow of an open fire.’

Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

Celia Fremlin (1914-2009) was born in Kent and educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford, where she read classics and philosophy. During the Second World War she worked for the Mass Observation project, an experience that resulted in her first published book, War Factory (1943, available in Faber Finds), which recorded the experiences and attitudes of women…

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