The Only Child by Andrew Pyper
A Novel

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Having skilfully set up the reader for a Hannibal Lecter-style duel between brilliant psychopath and troubled interrogator, Pyper upends genre conventions yet again by having the patient, soon named simply as “Michael,” demonstrate genuine supernatural powers...
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Synopsis

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.

Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation.

 

About Andrew Pyper

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Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto. Visit AndrewPyper.com.
 
Published May 23, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Fiction
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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by James Grainger on May 26 2017

Having skilfully set up the reader for a Hannibal Lecter-style duel between brilliant psychopath and troubled interrogator, Pyper upends genre conventions yet again by having the patient, soon named simply as “Michael,” demonstrate genuine supernatural powers...

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Spencer Gordon on Jun 02 2017

Sounds like campy fun, right? Pyper wastes no time getting to the bleeding, so to speak, while keeping a few intellectual balls afloat...

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