The Engagement by Chloe Hooper
A Novel

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As in the best suspense fiction, the tension in Liese's story is internal, lying not in events but in her interpretation of them. Hooper's balance of mystery and revelation is just so, and she cleverly introduces outside elements...
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From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child’s Book of True Crime, “a brilliant, seductive, and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal” (O, The Oprah Magazine), comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country.

Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the handsome, well-mannered heir of an Australian pastoral dynasty, at his country seat some hours from Melbourne. Liese is English. She’s come to Australia to work at her uncle’s real-estate business and pay off her debts. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies—and her financial problems. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.

Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here Liese senses a change in Alexander and realizes that a different game has begun.

Chloe Hooper’s riveting and provocative new novel is a psychological thriller for the modern age, an exploration of the snares of money and love and the dark side of erotic imagination. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom?
 

About Chloe Hooper

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Chloe Hooper was born in Melbourne in 1973. She was educated at the University of Melbourne and as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York. Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the Orange Prize. She lives in Australia. 
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Scribner. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Self on Jan 25 2013

As in the best suspense fiction, the tension in Liese's story is internal, lying not in events but in her interpretation of them. Hooper's balance of mystery and revelation is just so, and she cleverly introduces outside elements...

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Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Mar 01 2013

In this era of in-your-face erotic fiction epitomized by Fifty Shades of Grey, Australia’s Chloe Hooper gives us an erotic psychological thriller that gets under your skin and into your imagination not by being risqué but by being literate and subtle

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