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The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg is an intriguing psychological thriller and disturbing domestic noir. Faye seems to have it all – the perfect husband, the perfect daughter, the perfect house, the perfect life... Yet she’s spent much of her life running away from her very dark past. The book shows that no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and who people really are.
The book is set in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its beautiful vivid descriptions are perfect for audiobook – I felt as though I could see the characters and their surroundings just as much as I could hear them. The narrator has a chilling voice, which certainly adds atmosphere, and the narrative makes astute observations of people’s mannerisms and interactions, bringing the characters and story to life. The book does contain quite a bit of explicit sexual content though, so maybe check who’s listening in the background!
The Gilded Cage switches between the past and present, following Faye and her husband Jack from the moment they met until the present day. This is a tale of love, friendship, betrayal and revenge, featuring secrets, lies, manipulation and shocking revelations. Faye certainly isn’t who her friends and family think she is – she’s craving love and attention from her often-distant husband and will do anything to get it. She’s very mixed up and very chilling – a character that’s difficult to warm to and one that you’ll love to hate. But is she really a psychopath and how much has she been shaped by her past?
The Gilded Cage is a book that will thrill, shock and entertain its readers – and certainly not for the fainthearted!
A gripping new psychological thriller from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg
All that glitters…
People would kill to have Faye Adelheim’s life. She lives in an ultra-swanky apartment in the most exclusive area of Stockholm, she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she’s ever wanted, and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world. Faye’s life is perfect.
So how is it, then, that she now finds herself in a police station?
The truth is that Faye’s life is far from what it seems. The truth is that Faye isn’t even her real name. And now she’s been caught out. There’s no way she’s going to go down without a fight. The only question is – who will escape with their life?
Closing date: 06/09/2020
'A sexy, sensational novel with intoxicating vengeance and an unexpected tenderness - The Golden Cage is tensely and skillfully drawn' Karin Slaughter
'The Golden Cage is a twisting, brutal tale of betrayal and revenge. Lackberg paints a vivid portrait of a dark and complicated anti-heroine who is both the abused and abuser, victim and victimizer. A chilling, timely read sure to thrill her international legion of fans!' Lisa Unger,
New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside
'A wonderful, take-no-prisoners mashup of Gone Girl, Billions, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Chris Bohjalian, New York Times best-selling author of The Flight Attendant and The Red Lotus
'Camilla Lackberg is a master of psychological suspense: she grabbed me by the throat with this sharply written, wildly entertaining tale of wealth, power and revenge and kept me up straight through the night' Cristina Alger, New York Times best-selling author of Girls Like Us
Praise for Camilla Lackberg:
'Domesticity and brutality are Lackberg staples... Tightly plotted... Unflinching' Sunday Times
'Heart-stopping and heart-warming ... a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid
'Pacy ... with flashing insight into the dark places of the psyche' Sunday Times
'A top-class Scandinavian crime writer' The Times
'The rock star of Nordic Noir' Independent
'Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror' Guardian
'Both chilling and thrilling' Sun
'A satisfying and counterintuitive clash between the cosy and gruesome strands of the genre' Guardian
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||2nd April 2020|
|Genres:||Audiobooks of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
Born in 1974, Camilla Lackberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first six novels all became Swedish No 1 bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her three children. Author photo © Alma AlexanderMore About Camilla Lackberg