My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell

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Maggie O'Farrell is one of England's best young writers. Her first novel, AFTER YOU'D GONE, won a Betty Trask Award and earned her a spot on the "21 great talents for the 21st century" list compiled by the Orange Prize for Fiction panel. MY LOVER'S LOVER was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

In MY LOVER'S LOVER, Lily meets Marcus, a magnetic, elusive architect, outside a gallery in London. They have an instant, electric attraction to each other, and within a week she has moved into his echoing loft apartment in East London. But nothing could have prepared her for what she finds there. A distinct presence lingers in the loft, that of a woman who seems to have disappeared in a hurry, leaving behind a single dress hanging in the closet, a puzzling mark on the wall, and the suffocating scent of jasmine. Marcus, who is deep in the throes of an unnamed grief, refuses to talk about the woman or her fate. The apartment's other inhabitant, Aidan, seems to understand Lily's unease, but is unwilling to give her any information about the unsettling situation. Who was this woman? And what exactly were the circumstances of her sudden disappearance? Lily begins to be haunted by the spirit of this mysterious woman, and it doesn't take long for her curiosity to grow into an all-pervading obsession.

MY LOVER'S LOVER is a haunting tale of obsession and betrayal, a modern day REBECCA set in London that keeps readers hooked until the very end.

About Maggie O'Farrell

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Maggie O'Farrell is the author of After You'd Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; and The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of a Costa Novel Award.

Author Residence: London

Author Hometown: Northern Ireland
Published July 27, 2004 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Britisher O'Farrell's second (following her award-winning debut, After You'd Gone, 2001) is a fairly standard tale, set in London, of girls meeting, getting, and losing boys.

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British writer O'Farrell turns a deceptively simple romantic novel into an engrossing story of psychological suspense. Lily, a young Londoner, meets Marcus, an architect, at an art opening, and

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My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell 322pp, Review, £12.99 Second novels are famously tricky - even trickier if the first has been an obvious success.

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As Lily and Marcus become more deeply involved, Lily becomes obsessed with Sinead's fate and thinks she sees her everywhere;

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