Fiona McFarlane's debut, THE NIGHT GUEST, (which you may recognize as our cover of the month from June!) is the suspenseful story of Ruth, a widow living alone and isolated in a beach house on the southern coast of Australia, and the mysterious arrival of Frida who claims to be a care worker sent by the government. THE NIGHT GUEST is already getting stellar reviews.
UPDATE: FOUR STARRED REVIEWS AND MAJOR MEDIA FOR THE NIGHT GUEST!
ABA’s Debut Dozen Fall 2013
October 2013 Indie Next List
Amazon Big Books of Fall 2013
Amazon Best Books of the month October 2013
Bookish – Must Read Fiction, Fall 2013
The Millions “Most Anticipated” Preview
Vogue.com – Fall’s Guilty Reading Pleasures
Oprah.com Fall Reading List for Book Clubs
"An enrapturing debut novel that toys with magical realism while delivering a fresh fable. McFarlane’s rendering of Ruth’s interior is quiet and exacting, and she builds suspense so gently that the danger is, at first, hardly noticeable."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This book is at once a beautifully imagined portrait of isolation and an unsettling psychological thriller." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gothic in sensibility, with a touch of magic realism, this novel feels at once like a classic and a fresh, original tale . . . Fans of psychologically oriented Scandinavian fiction should feel a familiar draw to this first novel, which is already creating significant buzz around the globe.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“McFarlane’s crisp, clean prose is a pleasure to read.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Enthralling... This stellar debut will haunt you—and remind you to call your mother.”
—Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“A novel of uncanny emotional penetration... What makes THE NIGHT GUEST especially unnerving is the way it immerses the reader in a mind that is slowly slipping its moorings. You’re in [Ruth’s] head, and that head gets less and less sound as the novel progresses, but it’s a strangely delightful place to be, for all the darkness surrounding it.” —Laura Miller, Salon
“[A] striking debut.” —Megan O’Gray, Vogue.com
With review coverage still to come from the New York Times Book Review, People Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Barnes and Noble Review, The Rumpus, and many more!
The Millions included it in their "Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2013 Book Preview" article (see below).
THE NIGHT GUEST is now available from Faber & Faber.