Natural History – Neil Cross


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Pocket Books, 2008, Medium-format Paperback – Suspense – 279 pp.

From the acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun, Natural History is a work of exquisite tension.

They say that a parent’s worst nightmare is to suffer the death of a child. But what if that’s not true?

‘The skill with which the author manipulates the narrative, revealing its developments only by degrees, is what gives this sharply observed and suspenseful novel its edge – so that when the shocking climax takes place, it is both entirely unexpected and frighteningly plausible’ – The Times
‘Powerfully intelligent… the frightening permeability of borders lies at the centre of this complex and troubling book… Compressed lyricism generates sudden shifts between transitory events and durable historical patterns, Cross’s novel is serious and compelling in equal measure’ – Guardian
‘Taut domestic intrigue, sprung with mistrust and the menacing stealth of hunting… A subtle interplay of anxieties and tolerances that keep parental treacheries in glaring focus’ – Financial Times
‘I’m a big fan of this author and particularly of this menacing novel, which on the surface could be a family drama but turns into something very nasty indeed. It’s clever, tense and chilling. Highly recommended’ – Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
‘Dark and densely plotted…the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility’ – Daily Mail.
‘A masterpiece… seductively readable, no matter how much one dreads what may happen next… mercilessly realistic… This is a dangerous novel. Everyone in it has a lot to worry about’ – Daily Telegraph.

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