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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Reprieve by James Han Mattson, read by JD Jackson.

Most people didn’t make it to Cell Six, he said. Most called out the safe word - reprieve - after the first Cell. It was that intense.

When Bryan, Jaidee, Victor and Jane team up to compete at a full-contact escape room, it seems simple. Hold your nerve through six terrifying challenges, collect all the red envelopes, win a huge cash prize.

But the real horror is unfolding outside of the game, in a series of deceits and misunderstandings fuelled by obsession and prejudice. And by the end of the night, one of the contestants will be dead.

A startlingly soulful exploration of complicity and masquerade, Reprieve combines the psychological tension of classic horror with searing social criticism and seamlessly threads together trial transcripts, evidence descriptions and deeply layered individual narratives to present a chilling portrait of American life.

©2021 James Han Mattson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Straddles genres in the best possible way.... Sure to spark conversation and debate at book clubs across the land." (LA Times)

"Mattson crafts a nail-biting horror saga while also implicating us in our sick obsession with horror. So too does the novel evoke blistering social horror, forcing us to reckon with how racism, prejudice and complicity are more horrifying - and more fatal - than anything that goes bump in the night. Unrelenting and unforgettable, Reprieve is an American classic in the making." (Esquire)

"Reprieve takes horror as its subject, while also using the genre as its means, delivering twists and fright and the kind of storytelling that keeps you turning pages." (Rumaan Alam, best-selling author of Leave the World Behind)

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