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- ISBN-13: 9781590514887
- ISBN-10: 1590514882
- Publisher: Other Press (NY)
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 448
- Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.65 pounds
Audio: Scorched earth
“You lied. Luke lied. Be at the funeral.” That brief note from Luke’s father brings Aaron Falk, now a federal agent in Melbourne, back to the small Australian farming town of Kiewarra, where it hasn’t rained for two years. Tempers have become as combustible as the brittle leaves crackling under the cruel sun that glowers over Jane Harper’s debut thriller, The Dry, narrated by Stephen Shanahan in a strong, evocative Aussie accent. The funeral is for Luke Hadler, Aaron’s boyhood best friend, who murdered his wife and young son before taking his own life. Or so it seems. And where does the “lie” fit in? Harper deftly weaves two strands of revelations together, moving the plot seamlessly from now to then and back, from the time when Aaron was accused of murdering a teenage girl, to the growing possibility that Luke and his family were massacred by someone else. Film rights to this chilling tale have been optioned by Reese Witherspoon.
MÉNAGE Á TROIS
Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes, read by a foursome of excellent performers, is this season’s hottest domestic thriller. It’s told in the voices of two women: Louise, an attractive, blond 30-something divorced mother, and Adele, the gorgeous, charming, wealthy, obsessive (to put it mildly) wife of David, a brilliant psychiatrist. Louise seems to be a reliable narrator, while Adele fills the requisite bill of the unreliable one. Louise and David meet accidentally in a bar, and have some drinks and a snog before she realizes that he’s her new boss at a psychiatric clinic. Adele, who somehow knows everything her adored husband does, arranges to bump into Louise and establish a clandestine friendship. So begins a skillfully choreographed pas de trois that ends with a wow of a double-twisted finale. Inklings of impending doom are cleverly woven in, as is Adele and David’s backstory. I have to add a non-spoiler warning: A tad, or more, of suspension of disbelief is necessary to savor this story. But by the time you reach that point in the tale, you’ll be so involved you may not even be aware that you need it.
TOP PICK IN AUDIO
Most of us brushed up against existentialism in college or a bit before, and we certainly know the names Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, though their lengthy oeuvres might not be at our fingertips. Do they still matter? Sarah Bakewell’s answer is a resounding yes. And her lucid, brilliant evocation of how they and their group lived and loved and laughed and argued, At the Existentialist Café, narrated by Antonia Beamish, is fascinating and intensely relevant. Bakewell explores existentialist ideas, as well as those of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Karl Jaspers (major 20th-century philosophers whose works were integral to existentialist thinking), and places the rise of this intellectual movement in the brutal context of Europe in the 1930s and ’40s. The basic questions of how to live, how to be free and how to engage with political reality—questions the Paris café-dwelling existentialists wrestled with—hover over our daily lives again. Listen, be entertained and look at our world with freshly curious eyes.