The Night Guest

by Fiona McFarlane

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The Night Guest Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014.

In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's Frida, sent to be Ruth's carer. At first, Ruth welcomes Frida's vigorous presence and her willingness to hear Ruth's tales of growing up in Fiji. She even helps reunite Ruth with a childhood sweetheart. But why does Ruth sense a tiger prowling through the house at night? Is she losing her wits? Can she trust the enigmatic Frida? And how far can she trust herself?

The Night Guest Press Reviews

Horribly believable, The Night Guest is an impressive debut novel that sustains the tense unravelling of its mystery.  - The Sunday Times


A sensitive exploration of the workings of time and memory, by turns joyful and sad ... a wonderfully evoked portrait of old age that disturbs and elevates in equal measure.  - Independent on Sunday


This psychological thriller feels uneasily close to the realities many families face ... What's real and what's imagined are terrifyingly difficult to distinguish. It's surreal and menacing.  - The Times


McFarlane exploits the vulnerably blurry boundaries of memory here to create a subtle and beguiling crescendo of suspense ... A limpid, beautiful novel.  - Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781444776690
Publication date: 19/06/2014
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444776676
Publication date: 16/01/2014
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444776690
Publication date: 19th June 2014
Author: Fiona McFarlane
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, has a BA from Sydney University and a PhD from Cambridge University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow and won the university's prestigious Keene Prize for Literature in 2012. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Southerly, The Missouri Review, and Best Australian Stories, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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