Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home and her second marriage, she receives - entirely out of the blue - a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read along with her, so are we. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives veer disastrously, violently off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future.
Tony and Susan is a dazzling achievement: simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and an engrossing thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. Absolutely not to be missed.
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By knittyboot on 21-05-11
This is a book within a book. The primary story is of Susan a woman who on the face of things has a good life. The secondary story is one you read along with Susan as she reads a manuscript sent to her by her ex husdand. If the author had just stuck to this secondary story expanding it here and there I think he might have had a decent book but he chose to pad it out with Susan's story instead boo hiss! In any book you have to like the characters and the big revelation about Susan is she's thoughourly unlikeable........that's it. She's a cowardly cheat who would rather live with another cowardly cheat than shift for herself. God I loathed this woman and feel robbed of the time I had to spend listening to her whine.
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By Alan on 22-05-12
What were they called?
Those sweets with the menthol centre? Lockets? Soothers? Yes that’s it. Hard on the out side and a soft soothing nectar released as the exterior melted away. That’s what this story reminded me of in two ways. Firstly, it is a story within a story and what a story. A great narrative aligns you with its characters to the point where you believe you know these people, the point where you feel their pain and know their thoughts. This is such a book. Secondly, Lorelei King (Susan) narrates hard and bitter while Peter Marinker’s voice gently caresses the ear like honey over fresh toast. So moved by his voice, in future I will be searching for books narrated by him as the number one reason to buy them.
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