Listen Close to Me by Catherine Eisner

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When a series of murders begins, the governess falls under suspicion … Without offering a sample of her own handwriting for analysis, Eisner shows the workings of a highly original mind.
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Subtitled Hidden Lives of Love, Madness, Murder, Loss and Deception, this new collection by Catherine Eisner traces often with darkest black humour the misadventures and behavioural tics of women driven by bizarre and sometimes criminal compulsions. An asexual niece becomes the love interest of her erotica-collecting uncle; the mistress of an army Intelligence Officer assumes the modus operandi of a spy to outwit her lover; a cat-obsessed wife of a commodities broker is suckered into a human-trafficking scam in Hong Kong; an eighteen-year-old governess becomes a suspect in a notorious case of serial murder and begins to harbour suspicions about the budding sociopath in her charge, a sinister nine-year-old boy. These are tales that probe the intimate lives and crimes of unreliable narrators to prompt disturbing confidences told in voices from the sidelines that we wouldn't normally hear. 'Extraordinary writing. Mesmeric reading.' Ambit magazine.
 

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Catherine Eisner believes passionately in plot-driven suspense fiction, a devotion to literary craft that draws on studies in psychoanalytical criminology and psychoactive pharmacology to explore the dark side of motivation, and ignite plot twists with unexpected outcomes. Eisner has 'mastered the twist in the tale and her stories cascade vividly into derangement' affirms a national review crisply, an insight endorsed by a reviewer stimulated by 'startlingly inventive and genre-busting tales.'
 
Published December 12, 2011 by Salt Publishing. 252 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Cathi Unsworth on Feb 14 2012

When a series of murders begins, the governess falls under suspicion … Without offering a sample of her own handwriting for analysis, Eisner shows the workings of a highly original mind.

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