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Renée Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had TV and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four and Capital Films. Her first screenplay, ‘Mother’s Day’, made it onto the Brit List of best unproduced scripts of that year. In April 2013 she graduated from the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
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Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. An absolutely stunning tale, one that walks a tightrope of tension, is at times uncomfortable, yet impossible to put down. A novel appears in the life of someone who never expected to read her own tale between the pages. Two stories are told, one is removed, never completely in touch, sometimes even awkward, while the other is so personal and impassioned, the thoughts and feelings drive up and out from the page. This concept highlights the differences between the two tales, yet the connection between them burns with intensity. Renee Knight writes with empathy, yet penetrating sharpness, the clever writing keeps hitting you with the unexpected, tripping up your understanding and stamping over any speculation. My compassion danced one way and then the other, and it took until the very end for it to settle. ’Disclaimer’ is a debut with attitude and I highly recommend it.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 'A Good Read' 'A cool, contemporary, whip-smart thriller.' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER She knows all your secrets. But will she keep them? Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect? Or perhaps it's someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she's there to serve - the ones who don't notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important. There's a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . . The eagerly anticipated new thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of Disclaimer. ________________ 'A scintillating double psychological portrait . . . an arresting ending reminiscent of Rendell at her flintiest.' Sunday Times 'Clever, clever, clever. At the black heart of this story is a personal assistant - the colleague in your office who hears and knows everything about everyone - and Renee leads us on a deeply unsettling exploration of the limits of loyalty. Believe me, chats by the photocopier will never be the same . . .' Fiona Barton, author of THE WIDOW 'A black diamond of a thriller . . . with a sting in its tail.' A. J. Finn, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW ________________ Readers love The Secretary: ***** 'Kept me turning pages long into the night.' ***** 'Head and shoulders above so many other novels in the genre.' ***** 'I don't know how Renee Knight does it but her writing is exceptional.'
Orice asemanare cu persoane în viata sau decedate este pur întâmplatoare...Ce-ai face dacA ai descoperi cA în cartea pe care o citeE ti e vorba despre tine?Când gA seE te o carte misterioasA pe noptierA , viaE a lui Catherine Ravenscroft se transformA într-un coE mar. DeE i pare o nA scocire, cartea, numitA StrA inul desA vârE it, recreeazA veridic E i în cel mai mic detaliu cumplita zi în care Catherine a devenit prizoniera unui secret teribil, un secret pe care o singurA persoanA îl mai cunoE tea – iar acea persoanA a murit.Pe mA surA ce trecutul o ajunge din urmA , Catherine simte cA lumea ei se prA buE eE te. Singura cale este sA -l înfrunte... chiar dacA adevA rul E ocant ar putea sA o distrugA .Un debut remarcabil, care aminteE te prin atmosferA de Înainte sA adorm E i care se bucurA deja de un succes internaE ional, Avertisment vorbeE te despre o femeie bântuitA de secrete, despre dorinE a mistuitoare de rA zbunare E i preE ul dureros pe care trebuie sA -l plA tim dacA încercA m sA ascundem adevA rul.Avertisment dozeazA suspansul psihologic uimitor de bine: exact aE a aratA thrillerul perfect. – Lee Child„Un necunoscut a pus cartea pe noptierA . Cu grijA . Nu a deranjat niciun obiect de la locul lui. Pe partea ei de pat. E tiuse pe ce parte a patului doarme. A aranjat totul aE a încât sA parA cA ea însA E i pusese cartea acolo. Gândurile i se îngrA mA desc unele peste altele E i se strivesc între ele pânA când devin chinuitoare E i dureroase. Vinul E i neliniE tea sunt o combinaE ie periculoasA . Ar trebui sA înveE e deja cA nu e bine sA amestece otrA vurile. ÎE i ia în mâini capul care o doare. În ultimele zile o doare constant. Închide ochii E i vede soarele alb E i arzA tor de pe copertA . Cum naiba a ajuns cartea asta în casa ei?“Halucinant E i tulburA tor, romanul lui Renée Knight te prinde în mrejele sale de la prima paginA . – Kirkus Reviews