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Apple Tree Yard

[a Novel]
Doughty, Louise (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Gripping literary thriller about a woman who makes one rash choice and ends up on trial for murder"-- "An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications. Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. As the barrister's voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she's lost herself and the life she'd built so carefully to a man who never existed at all. After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard. Suspenseful, erotically charged, and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts"--
Authors: Doughty, Louise, 1963-
Title: Apple tree yard
[a novel]
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
Characteristics: 317 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in 2013 in slightly different form by Faber and Faber Limited, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Summary: "Gripping literary thriller about a woman who makes one rash choice and ends up on trial for murder"--
"An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications. Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. As the barrister's voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she's lost herself and the life she'd built so carefully to a man who never existed at all. After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard. Suspenseful, erotically charged, and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts"--
Local Note: 6 7 15 18 33 35 53 60 62 80 97 118 133 143 148 149 152 172 173 175 176 188 203 216 222 226 228 231 243 244 245 250 278
ISBN: 0374105677
9780374105679
Statement of Responsibility: Louise Doughty
Subject Headings: Deception Fiction. Adultery Fiction. Women geneticists Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Deception
Adultery
Women geneticists
LCCN: 2013034170
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Apr 13, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

GONE GIRL fans: this is the book you have been waiting for. The plot may be different, but the same deep sense of foreboding as the characters realize how little they know about one another is present, along with the excellent pacing.

For those who thought Flynn's book not subtle enough, the confident and mature Yvonne Carmichael is your antidote. Not to be missed.

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