Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

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Apple Tree Yard is a chilling novel, in part because of the unsparing light it shines on our ability to deceive ourselves. Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories...It's not a comfortable read, but it is entirely compelling.
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Synopsis

The bestselling psychological thriller from Louise Doughty

Shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and the Specsavers National Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.

But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.

Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first.

But she can't control what happens next.

 

About Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty is the author of five novels, CRAZY PAVING, DANCE WITH ME, HONEY-DEW, FIRES IN THE DARK and STONE CRADLE. CRAZY PAVING was shortlisted for four awards including the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and FIRES IN THE DARK won awards from the Arts Council of England and the K.Blundell Trust. She is also a recipient of an Ian St. James prize and a Radio Times Drama Award. She has written five plays for radio and worked widely as a journalist and broadcaster in London, where she lives.
 
Published June 6, 2013 by Faber & Faber. 358 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 06 2013

The slightly anticlimactic trial outcome isn’t as interesting as the adult ambiguities Doughty unravels in smooth, sinuous prose, leading to two shocking yet credible final revelations.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Jun 16 2013

Apple Tree Yard is a chilling novel, in part because of the unsparing light it shines on our ability to deceive ourselves. Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories...It's not a comfortable read, but it is entirely compelling.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Jun 08 2013

It's an audacious ploy, combining the tease of a psychological thriller with the inexorability of a predetermined conclusion; but Doughty's achievement is to imagine a horribly mundane tragedy...but a tragedy nonetheless.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny Hilborne on Jan 14 2014

Apple Tree Yard is a tale of misplaced trust and the consequences of desire and temptation. One secret can change the course of a person’s life. From a psychological aspect, we are left pondering the question of how well we really know anyone.

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