Apple Tree Yard

[a Novel]

Doughty, Louise

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Apple Tree Yard
"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"--

Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 0374105677
Characteristics: 317 pages ;,24 cm


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Apr 27, 2014
  • hollymacpherson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read would be a great vacation book. Highly recommend.

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.

Feb 09, 2014

"Though happily (enough) married, scientist Yvonne Carmichael acted on an impulse and found herself embroiled in a heated affair. Now, sitting in a courtroom after being charged with murder, along with her lover, Yvonne revisits that relationship in the cold light of day, reflecting on the man she clearly didn't know quite well enough. To say too much more about the plot would be unfair to potential readers, but Booklist calls Yvonne's story "spellbinding, shocking, seductive, and wickedly intense." Thrillers and Suspense February 2014 newsletter


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