The Susan Effect
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The Susan Effect

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SUSAN SVENDSEN HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT. She is an expert in finding out secrets. People feel oddly compelled to confide in her and unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head. Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. To get her life back in order, she must track down the last surviving members of a secret think tank, the Future Committee, and find out the details in this committee's mysterious final report. But there are some powerful people determined that the report is never revealed.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 32mm | 605g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910701297
  • 9781910701294
  • 192,455

Review quote

"An artfully written, exuberant thriller with a mercurial and interesting central character" -- Barry Forshaw * Guardian * "It's a rare treat to read a book by the far-from-prolific Danish author Peter Hoeg. . . His latest novel is an offbeat futuristic thriller. . . the challenges Hoeg sets his readers are well worth taking on" * Express * "A well-tuned and clever femi-thriller." * Politiken * "A continually surprising conspiracy thriller." -- THRILLER OF THE WEEK * The Mail on Sunday * "Peter Hoeg is back. And better. And with a novel that is both a thriller, a social critique, and existentially provoking - and on top of that, wonderful and funny." * Dagbladenes Bureau * "The main character bares a clear resemblance to a certain Miss Smilla. It is not often that Hoeg writes a new novel, but this one has clearly been worth the long wait." * Kulturnaut * "Entertaining" * Economist * "Susan is a resourceful action heroine, part Lisbeth Salander, part Saga Noren, fearless with a crowbar and a screwdriver" * The Arts Desk * "The Susan Effect introduces an eccentric mix of characters headed by its ultra-bright narrator, Susan Svendson. . . Hoeg is serious, funny, intelligent, ridiculous, preachy, wise, incomprehensible, surreal and persuasive. It's very readable" -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *show more

About Peter Hoeg

Peter Hoeg was born in 1957 and followed various callings - dancer, actor, fencer, sailor, mountaineer - before he turned seriously to writing. He published his first novel, The History of Danish Dreams, in 1988, and was called 'the foremost writer of his generation' by Information magazine. His crime novel Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow received universal acclaim and was an international bestseller.show more

Back cover copy

SUSAN SVENDSEN HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT. She is an expert in finding out secrets. People feel compelled to confide in her and unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head. Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. To get her life back in order, she must track down the last surviving members of a secret think tank, the Future Committee, and find out the details in this committee’s mysterious final report. But there are some powerful people determined that the report is never revealed.show more

Review Text

"Susan is a resourceful action heroine, part Lisbeth Salander, part Saga Norén, fearless with a crowbar and a screwdriver"show more

Flap copy

SUSAN SVENDSEN HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT. She is an expert in other people’s secrets. People feel compelled to confide in her, and they unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head. Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: to use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. To get her life back in order, she must track down the last surviving members of a secret think tank, the Future Committee, and find out the details in this committee’s mysterious final report. But there are some powerful people determined that the report is never revealed.show more

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717 ratings
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4 32% (233)
3 34% (242)
2 16% (114)
1 4% (30)
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