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Published on June 13th, 2014


Her by Harriet Lane

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Blurb: Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did… But what exactly does Nina want from her? And how far will she go in pursuit of it? (W&N, June 2014)

Lucy Scholes, The Observer

“ As seductive as it is chilling, Her is quality literary fiction meets psychological thriller, the devil of which is in the detail.”

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Eithne Farry, The Daily Express

“This puts the reader in a very uncomfortable position, in possession of knowledge that Emma is blithely unaware of. As the tension ratchets up, and Lane is brilliant at creating a sense of foreboding, of things going seriously awry, you find yourself wanting to shake Emma; to warn her of impending catastrophe. It’s a little like being in the audience at a very sophisticated pantomime where the cast are decked out in chic black and the lives unravel in a sleek villa in Nice (designed by Nina’s architect husband) with its own infinity pool.”

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Patricia Nicol, The Independent

“This second novel also involves envious women pressing their noses up to the window of another’s glossier-seeming life. In Her, a taut revenge drama, the same events are recounted in alternate chapters from the separate perspectives of two women in their late 30s who have met by apparent accident.”

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Liz Jensen, The Guardian

Kingsolver’s masterly evocation of an age – ours, here, now – stumbling wilfully blind towards the abyss is an elegy not just for the endangered monarch butterfly, but for the ambitious, flawed species that conjured the mass extinction of which its loss is a part. Urgent issues demand important art. Flight Behaviour rises – with conscience and majesty – to the occasion of its time.

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