Nina Todd Has Gone: A Novel

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The truth behind a one-night stand becomes just as terrifying as the consequences, “engrossing” (The Guardian).
 
Nina Todd is a woman of unextraordinary looks, with a dependable boyfriend and a menial job in Sheffield. It’s what she’s craved for years—a completely normal life. Then, while on a business trip in Blackpool, she’s approached by a younger man in the Hotel Astoria. She should have said no, but he was too handsome, and too persuasive to let go. The only trouble is . . . now he won’t let her go. What can he possibly want with her? He doesn’t even know her real name.
 
It wasn’t a random pick-up. Nina’s the one Rupert had been searching for. And he’s not giving up on her. Wherever she goes, Rupert will be there, too—gorgeous, irresistible, distracting, and determined to rip apart Nina’s newly ordered life. Now all she has to fear is her relationship and her job. She’ll never suspect there’s so much more. Nina doesn’t even know his real name. If she did, she’d run like hell.
 
What begins as a fatal attraction takes a terrifying detour as the paths of two apparent strangers converge, in this psychological thriller from “the suspense writers’ suspense writer” (Harper’s Bazaar).
 
“A gripping page-turner.” —Cosmopolitan
 
“Horribly plausible and crisply executed.” —The Sunday Telegraph
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About the author

Lesley Glaister (b. 1956) is a British novelist, playwright, and teacher of writing, currently working at the University of St Andrews. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Society of Authors. Her first novel, Honour Thy Father, was published in 1990 and received both a Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award. Glaister became known for her darkly humorous works and has been dubbed the Queen of Domestic Gothic. Glaister was named Yorkshire Author of the Year in 1998 for her novel Easy Peasy, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award in 1998. Now You See Me was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2002. Glaister lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband, author Andrew Greig.
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Dec 30, 2014
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Pages
279
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ISBN
9781497694194
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English
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Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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