Two men meet in the picturesque backstreets of Athens. Chester MacFarlane is a conman with multiple false identities, near the end of his rope and on the run with his young wife Colette. Rydal Keener is a young drifter looking for adventure: He finds it in one evening as the law catches up to Chester and Colette, and their fates become fatally entwined.
Patricia Highsmith draws us deep into a cross-European game of cat and mouse in this masterpiece of suspense from the author of The Talented Mr Ripley. Now a major film starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Inside Llewelyn Davis).
"An offbeat, provocative and absorbing suspense novel." (
The New York Times)
"Shifts of ground stand metaphor for shifts in relationship; psychology is beautifully interleaved with a gritty genius loci" ( Library Journal)
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Not One Of Her Best
I think the narrator did a more than adequate narration of a confused and incoherent story
As their is a film of the book, i would go and see it if only to see if the books short comings had been improved in any way.
I've read a few Patricia Highsmith books such as the popular,The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train, Cry Of The Owl and Deep Water and enjoyed them all. Sadly, the same cant be said for The Two Faces Of January which starts off well, but by the middle of the book becomes so muddled and implausible that i couldn't wait for it to end.
The best audiobook I've listened to all year
This is my favourite Patricia Highsmith novel, and after listening on audio I downloaded the Kindle version and read that too!
He captures the tension beautifully, and distinguishes well between two characters that are quite similar in some ways. He has the most listenable-to voice, which helps.
Brilliant story, one to listen to again and again.
- Joanne Phillips