The Seduction

The Seduction : An addictive new story of desire and obsession

2.73 (153 ratings by Goodreads)
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An addictive new story of desire and obsession from the bestselling author of Sleep With Me

'A sizzling new thriller' New York Times Book Review
'Elegant. Gripping. Seductive. A pitch-perfect thriller about obsession and paranoia' David Nicholls
'An addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel' Guardian
'A febrile, urgent tale' Sunday Times
'A gripping thriller' independent.co.uk
'A page-turning psycho sexual romp ... Enjoy the helter-skelter ride' Daily Mail
'This is seduction of the most insidious kind' Spectator
'A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession, it glitters with menace' Mail on Sunday
'Beautifully written and completely heart-in-mouth gripping' Barbara Trapido


Beth lives by Camden Lock with her partner Sol and their daughter Fern. Life is peaceful, but Beth is troubled by increasing unease. It could be to do with her mother's disappearance years ago. It could be her sense that Fern is keeping secrets from her.

So she goes to therapy. Dr Tamara Bywater is there to help her patients, and soon their sessions become the highlight of Beth's week. But Beth is in over her head before she realises that Tamara might not be all she seems...

What if the person you trust the most turns out to be the greatest danger of all?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 38.1mm | 518g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408873494
  • 9781408873496
  • 1,387,091

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A classy, compulsive tale of desire and obsession, it glitters with menace * Mail on Sunday * Very enjoyable ... a typically probing, sometimes uncomfortable, always gripping story of erotic obsession -- Jonathan Coe * Observer, Best Books of 2020 * Briscoe deftly explores the therapeutic transferential relationship in a tense, skilfully plotted and emotionally perceptive story * Observer * A sizzling new thriller ... Briscoe has a dreamy, elliptical style that reflects the dreamy, elliptical sensibilities of her characters. The Seduction examines the life of one such woman, Beth, a London artist whose psychological upheavals - over what she has lost, what she is afraid of losing, what she wants - threaten to unravel her family and destroy her sanity * New York Times Book Review * The author has a fine eye for aesthetic detail and an even finer one for parental relationships ... this is seduction of the most insidious kind * Spectator * Through this addictive, macabre fairground ride of a novel, Briscoe reminds us to value the quieter forms of love * Guardian * A febrile, urgent tale * Sunday Times * Juicy and thrilling * Heat * A gripping thriller * independent.co.uk * As fans might expect, Briscoe's new novel is a page-turning psycho sexual romp ... As Briscoe folds generous swirls of melodrama into the mix, the novel's temperature rises from feverish to volcanic ... enjoy the helter-skelter ride * Daily Mail * Joanna Briscoe is one of those writers who manages to pull off that combination of pin-sharp prose with the pull of a plot that keeps you turning the pages. Richly observed, The Seduction is a rewardingly moreish read * Living * A vivid and evocative tale of obsession and deception * Sunday Mirror * A clever, nuanced, elegantly written exploration of obsession * Saga * Joanna Briscoe writes with elegance and passion about the clashes, misunderstandings and silences between generations -- Maggie O'Farrell Her prose is beguilingly good -- Elizabeth Day * Observer * Dark, sexy, compelling -- Sofka Zinovieff Briscoe weaves compelling fiction. The prose is rich, the setting evocative * Guardian * A vivid and passionate writer. She plunges headlong into sticky themes of desire, love and hatred, uncovering the unpalatable parts of the psyche with an unflinching eye * Sunday Times * A passionate and humorous storyteller, Briscoe is a writer who puts her reader's pleasure first * Independent * Elegiac, beautiful, evocative ... Works in much the same way as an obsession ... you may wish to escape, but have already become addicted -- Anita Sethi * Daily Telegraph * Seductive, scary and almost frighteningly readable -- Julie Myerson
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About Joanna Briscoe

Joanna Briscoe is the author of five previous novels, including the bestselling Sleep With Me, which was adapted for ITV by Andrew Davies. She has been a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian, is a literary critic for the Guardian, and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4. Joanna lives in London.

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Rating details

153 ratings
2.73 out of 5 stars
5 7% (10)
4 18% (27)
3 33% (50)
2 29% (44)
1 14% (22)
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