'The next Single White Female or Damage' Glamour
'Arresting and haunting' Sunday Telegraph
'I was gripped by Briscoe's creepy tale of sexual obsession' Marie Claire
'Will keep you up at night' Erica Wagner, The Times
'Dark, modern, sexy stuff' Mail on Sunday
Richard and Lelia's child is conceived in a moment of giggling chaos as they dress for a Christmas party. They arrive rudely late and still glowing, and barely register a slight, drab woman in the hall. Sylvie. As their baby grows, so does the presence of Sylvie - she seems to be nowhere, yet everywhere, harmless yet sinister. Richard is seduced by her subtle, inexplicable charm, while Lelia, struggling with Richard's sudden ambivalence towards their baby, finds that she is haunted by painful memories. And Sylvie remains as invisible as she wants to be - that is the source of her power. Beware of mice ...
Adapted into a major ITV series by Andrew Davies: an exquisitely dark emotional thriller about marriage, desire and sexual obsession
'Seductive, scary and frighteningly readable' Julie Myerson
'Horribly, grippingly pleasurable … A classic summer page-turner' Observer
'A beautifully written and emotionally candid novel which also happens to be a page-turner' Jonathan Coe, Guardian
'Works in much the same way as an obsession … you wish to escape, but have already become addicted' Daily Telegraph
'Be warned: there's no putting it away afterwards. It gets right under your skin' Guardian
'One of those books that you find yourself thinking about even when you are not reading it' The Times
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The smart, suspenseful U.S. debut of Brit Briscoe (Skin; Mothers and Other Lovers) begins between the sheets as 30-somethings Lelia and Richard unknowingly conceive a child before breathlessly skipping across town to a friend's Christmas party. Though Richard, a newspaper editor, and Lelia, an academic, struggle with their careers, their values and the question of marriage, they are content in their relationship and their future together. Enter Sylvie Lavigne, a nondescript friend of a friend, new to town, who suddenly, mysteriously appears at their every turn. Richard receives a series of unsettling anonymous e-mails, serialized snippets of a Victorian-style novel with macabre overtones. As Lelia's pregnancy advances, both Lelia and Richard discover that their domestic calm is bound up in a web of deceit, uncertainty and unresolved memories. Told from alternating points of view, the story follows the couple as they become consumed by their individual doubts and obsessions. Briscoe has a knack for rendering a contemporary, urban setting, and her characters are intelligent and psychologically insightful, believable even as the plot takes its most fantastical twists.