Sheer Blue Bliss: A Novel

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A London artist becomes the victim of a stalker in this “creepy” novel “with satisfying fits of the shivers” from the award-winning author of Easy Peasy (The Sunday Times).
 
In London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery, an exhibition of Connie Benson’s art is set to open. It’s quite an event considering that the reclusive portraitist hasn’t left her home on the North Norfolk coast for the past thirty years—not since her lover Patrick Mount disappeared.
 
Mount, an eccentric guru who claimed to have discovered an elixir of bliss, is just as famous—perhaps even more so after his presumed death. Tonight, Connie’s masterful portrait of him, completed on the night he vanished, will finally be unveiled. But it’s arousing more than a love of art in Mount’s most secretive and devoted disciple.
 
Tony, a violent ex-con, never met Mount, but he’s committed the famous man’s autobiography to memory. He’s collected every known photograph of him, and every word ever written by, or about, him. Except for one prized possession that has been forever out of reach: Mount’s key to bliss. He’s prepared to trap Connie in his secret world to find it. But Tony is soon to discover the consequences of obsession—because he isn’t the only one with things to hide.
 
The recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, Lesley Glaister is “an author for whom writing and storytelling is an unstoppable passion, as strong as a rush of blood to the head” (The Independent).
 
“Crime writing of the highest order.” —The Sunday Times
 
“Before Gillian Flynn, there was Lesley Glaister.” —Harper’s Bazaar
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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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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Dec 30, 2014
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Pages
283
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ISBN
9781497694163
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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From the award-winning author of Honour Thy Father: Who’s a threat to whom in this “spine-chilling” novel of split personality? (The Times, London).
 
Inis has no interest in finding out who she is. She wants to discover who she isn’t. One day, in her least favorite month of February, Inis bleaches her hair, abandons the husband and children she loves, and closes the door forever on family, marriage, and her comfortable suburban London home. There, she was safe, appreciated, and loved—and she hated every minute of it.
 
Now she’s ended up in a dreary little flat in the grey, post-industrial town of Sheffield. Here, in the neighborhood of Mercy Terrace, Inis is being watched. There is the boy who steals things, and plays until he gets hurt. There is Inis’s neighbor Trixie, an eighty-year-old hymnist for the Salvation Army who grows hyacinths, and enjoys afternoon tea. And Ada, who lives to be desired. As Inis watches them, she fears they share more than this shabby dead-end street. As four people’s lives begin to converge, Inis gets increasingly nervous—because she’s not certain which of them, herself included, could be dangerous to the others. Or which one will survive.
 
Lesley Glaister’s novel of multiple-personality disorder was inspired by Flora Rheta Schreiber’s Sybil. As Glaister tells it in the Independent: “I was 10 when I read [it] . . . I was fascinated by the idea of 16 different personalities being packed into one body with one face. I remember longing to suffer from the same problem.”
 
“A stream of consciousness thriller, well worth reading twice” —The Literary Review
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Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

An English girl takes a “tumble into a warped wonderland” when her Lewis Carroll-inspired journey unearths unexpected secrets, desires, and dangers (Los Angeles Times).
 
Trapped in suburban England, appalled by her parents, and desperately shy, twelve-year-old Jennifer Maybee is facing the terrors of adolescence alone. After reading Alice in Wonderland, she digs a hole in her backyard hoping to find what her mother calls the “topsy-turvy world of Australia.” Instead, led by a stray cat, Jennifer follows a secret pathway of a different sort.
 
On the other side of a tangle of bramble, Jennifer claims her own Wonderland: an empty playground, a deserted church, and an unattended graveyard. But Jennifer isn’t alone. She meets something close to a friend in Bronwyn, a girl burdened by family tragedy. However, it’s in a squatter named Johnny that Jennifer’s fantasies for a new life begin to bloom. He’s too charming, and too unaccountably sexy for Jennifer to listen to those nasty rumors that he might be responsible for the disappearances of other lonely girls. All Jennifer can do now is marvel at the mysteries to come.
 
From the Somerset Maugham Award–winning author, “dangerous secrets and sinister undertones power this uncommon coming-of-age tale” (Publishers Weekly). Jennifer Maybee, the protagonist of this “enormously enjoyable” novel of innocence lost, returns in Leslie Glaister’s Partial Eclipse (Nick Hornby).
 
“Perverting Wonderland into a place to smoke cigarettes and pry into other people’s secrets . . . this Alice is a match for any dark thing she encounters.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Before Gillian Flynn, there was Lesley Glaister.” —Harper’s Bazaar
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