The Engagement

The Engagement

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to the award-winning A Child's Book of True Crime finds Englishwoman Liese Campbell visiting the Melbourne country mansion of heir Alexander Colquhoun, with whom she shares a no-strings-attached affair until discovering deeper, more erotic aspects of his character.

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Englishwoman Liese Campbell visits the Melbourne country mansion of heir Alexander Colquhoun, with whom she shares a no-strings-attached affair until discovering deeper, more erotic aspects of his character.

Simon and Schuster
From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child’s Book of True Crime, “a brilliant, seductive, and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal” (O, The Oprah Magazine), comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country.

Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the handsome, well-mannered heir of an Australian pastoral dynasty, at his country seat some hours from Melbourne. Liese is English. She’s come to Australia to work at her uncle’s real-estate business and pay off her debts. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies—and her financial problems. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.

Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here Liese senses a change in Alexander and realizes that a different game has begun.

Chloe Hooper’s riveting and provocative new novel is a psychological thriller for the modern age, an exploration of the snares of money and love and the dark side of erotic imagination. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom?

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Description: 197 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781416561620
1416561625
Branch Call Number: Hoop

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MiffyTheCat Oct 14, 2013

I was surprised this made it to the 50 must reads for 2012. I couldn't finish reading it and found the plot line very underwhelming.

suevi Oct 31, 2012

It's intriguing & engrossing. I read it in one sitting. I liked that I didn't know where it was leading and couldn't predict its outcome. The characters were unusual and the story line was edgy. Good use of language too

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ellapp
Sep 28, 2012

Entertaining, but definitely not a 'must read'. I thought the story was underdeveloped.

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