The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne
A Novel

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The ending of “The Forgiven” is surprising and dark and excellent, and I don’t wish to give even a hint of it away.
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In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party. 
     
     David and Jo Henniger, a doctor and a children's book author, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy David navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves...and one boy is left dead.
     When David and Jo arrive at the party, the Moroccan staff, already disgusted by the rich, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act. Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control.
     With spare, evocative prose, searing eroticism, and a gift for the unexpected, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape. He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves David’s fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion.

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About Lawrence Osborne

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Journalist, short story writer, and novelist, Lawrence Osborne is the author of one previous novel and six books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper's, and other publications.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Hogarth. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Sep 25 2012

The ending of “The Forgiven” is surprising and dark and excellent, and I don’t wish to give even a hint of it away.

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Reviewed by Justin Cartwright on Jun 08 2014

Osborne deploys his considerable talents in creating a febrile and frightening scenario...It would be criminal to give away any more of the plot. Occasionally, Osborne's prose has a tendency to overreach itself, but the story is utterly compelling; at the risk of trotting out a cliche, I couldn't put the book down.

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