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House of Beauty The Colombian Crime Sensation and Bestseller

by Melba Escobar

House of Beauty The Colombian Crime Sensation and Bestseller Synopsis

A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota `This delicate, merciless filleting of race and gender politics is highly recommended' Guardian `A revelation. A rewarding read and an unexpected insight into a foreign society not often documented in novels. Treat yourself' Crime Time `We thought we were bored of thrillers, but then we found House of Beauty ... as gasp-inducing as a hot wax' Glamour House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogota's exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients share their most intimate secrets with her. She knows all about their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs. One rainy afternoon a teenage girl turns up for a treatment with Karen, dressed in her school uniform and smelling of alcohol. The very next day, the girl is found dead. Karen was the last person to see the girl alive, and the girl's mother is desperate to find out what she knows. Most important of all: who was her daughter going to meet that night?

House of Beauty The Colombian Crime Sensation and Bestseller Press Reviews

`We thought we were bored of thrillers, but then we found House of Beauty ... as gasp-inducing as a hot wax' Glamour `House of Beauty offers a unique glimpse into modern-day Colombia and an intriguing mystery around issues of gender, class, and race, where a woman's worth is too often tied to her beauty, yet her beauty too often gets her in trouble. It's a pleasure to see a story told through the lens of two very different heroines, rare in crime fiction. And, in these times, this novel is also a much-needed critique of everyday misogyny and corruption' Winnie M Li, author of Dark Chapter `Fantastic. I read it faster than it takes to have a mani-pedi and a massage and was moved, shocked and transported' Rachel Edwards, author of Darling

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008264246
Publication date: 7th March 2018
Author: Melba Escobar
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation,

About Melba Escobar

Melba Escobar has a column at the Colombian newspapers El Espectador and El Pais. Her novel House of Beauty was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize. She lives in Bogota.

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