Mice by Gordon Reece
A Novel

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An electrifying psychological thriller about a mother and daughter pushed to their limits.

Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents' humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley's sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties-about their safety, their moral convictions, the limits of what they are willing to accept, and what they're capable of.

Debut novelist Gordon Reece has written a taut tale of gripping suspense, packed with action both comic and terrifying. Shelley is a spellbinding narrator, and her delectable mix of wit, irony, and innocence transforms the major current issue of bullying into an edge- of-your-seat story of fear, violence, family loyalty, and the outer reaches of right and wrong.


About Gordon Reece

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Originally from the United Kingdom, GORDON REECE studied English literature at Keble College, Oxford, before emigrating to Spain and then Australia, where he has lived since 2005. In the UK and Spain, he has published several illustrated children's books and graphic novels. Mice is his American debut and first novel.
Published August 18, 2011 by Viking Adult. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Victims, pushed to their limits, turn aggressors in a starkly polarized debut thriller.

Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Mice: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Early on in Reece's disappointing first novel, a predictable psychological thriller, bullies attack shy, unpopular Shelley Rivers in the girls' bathroom at her London secondary school, setting her hai

Jun 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Mice: A Novel


However there is far worse in store for her and her mother as the novel moves into darker territory.

Feb 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Mice: A Novel

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He ransacks the house, ties up Shelley and her mother, and threatens them.

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