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From the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense.

While on her daily walk with her dog in the nearby woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with stones. 

Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. 

Shaky even on her best days, she is also alone and new to this area, having moved here from her long-time home after the death of her husband, and now deeply alarmed. Her brooding about the note grows quickly into a full-blown obsession as she explores multiple theories about who Magda was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But is there either a more innocent explanation for all this, or a much more sinister one - one that strikes closer to home?

In this triumphant blend of horror, suspense and pitch-black comedy, we must decide whether the stories we tell ourselves guide us closer to the truth or keep us further from it.

©2020 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I have written very few reviews, even though I have listened to more than 100 titles over the last year. Mostly, I just love everything I listen to, almost indiscriminately. But I found this book quite annoying, monotone and claustrophobic, as it is all told from the inside of the main protagonist's mind. It is clever and even amusing in places (I did actually laugh aloud once or twice) and I did listen to the end, not wanting to 'give up', but I found it hard-going to have no relief from the voice / the thoughts / the ramblings of the narrator. It was very hard to get a perspective of the events, though I guess that was very much the purpose of the approach taken by the author. Interesting but not that enjoyable, IMHO.