Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard

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An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications
Yvonne Carmichael, a renowned geneticist, public authority, and happily married mother of two, sits in the witness box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow and guided her to a deserted chapel, where she began to undress. As the barrister's voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she's lost herself and the life she'd built so carefully to a man who never existed at all.
After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard.
Suspenseful, erotically charged, and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty's "Apple Tree Yard" is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 317 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • English
  • 0374105677
  • 9780374105679
  • 577,216

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"There can't be a woman alive who hasn't once realized, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty, more surefooted with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book." --Hilary Mantel, author of "Wolf Hall "and "Bring Up the Bodies
"""At the start of Louise Doughty's taut and psychologically persuasive novel we find [Yvonne] taking the witness stand at the Old Bailey, accused of complicity in a violent crime and about to be exposed in a highly damaging and compromising lie . . . This is a novel that explores the ease with which we can stray off our safe, familiar paths and become addicted to the stories we tell about ourselves. A disquieting, perceptive and gripping read."" --"Daily Mail"""Doughty's achievement is to imagine a horribly mundane tragedy--the kind that could happen to anyone, but a tragedy nonetheless . . . It gives nothing away to state that the comprehensiveness of [Yvonne's] public disgrace is harrowingly well-realised . . . The trial itself is a masterful piece of evasion and selective disclosure . . . A compelling cautionary tale of what happens when fantasy begins to occlude real life. 'The trouble with stories is, they are addictive, ' Doughty states. In this case, she may never have written a truer word."" --"The Guardian"
""Louise Doughty has written a gripping thriller that calls our own thoughts on morality into question and is impossible to put down. Intelligent and captivating, Apple Tree Yard"" makes you realise how one bad decision can change the course of your life forever."" --"Stylist Magazine," Top Ten Must-Reads for June""Doughty controls the progress of this narrative beautifully, parsing out information with tantalising hints at what is to come . . . Apple Tree Yard"" is a chilling novel, in part because of the unsparing light it shines on our ability to deceive ourselves. Doughty has a particular
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About Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty's novel "Whatever You Love" was short-listed for the Costa Book Award and long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is the author of several other novels and a book of nonfiction, "A Novel in a Year," based on her hugely popular newspaper column. She also writes plays and journalism and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 4. Doughty lives in London.
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16,136 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 24% (3,952)
4 37% (6,041)
3 26% (4,266)
2 8% (1,352)
1 3% (525)
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