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Trick or Treat

In this “perfect, black little tale” from the author of Honour Thy Father, a feud between neighbors in an English town escalates to terrifying consequence (The Observer).

In northern England, along a block of row houses, lives the widow Nell. Lately, she’s had a difficult time adjusting to her new lodger—her son Rodney. An ex-con imprisoned for something no one likes to talk about, Rodney has moved back into his old bedroom. He is his mother’s pride and shame.

Two doors down from Nell is Olive. Obese, childless, near senile, and given to violent mood swings, Olive is comforted by her pets, and coddled by a patient lover. Once, Olive was beautiful. Once, Olive was Nell’s best friend. But for more than fifty years now, they’ve been separated by a paralyzing hatred and rivalry.

Then, one night, the eight-year-old son of a new neighbor invites them both to a Guy Fawkes Day bonfire in his backyard. Amid the smoldering embers of fall leaves, a spark of another kind is ignited. Their violent rage is set to explode, a buried past will be revealed, and no one on their quiet little block is ever going to feel safe again.

In this “absorbing” (Los Angeles Times) novel from the Somerset Maugham Award winner, Glaister expertly reveals her “uncomfortable knack of putting her finger on things we fear most” (The Independent on Sunday).

“A cool, sure, bright entertainment.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Before Gillian Flynn, there was Lesley Glaister.” —Harper’s Bazaar

Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister (b. 1956) is a British novelist, playwright, and teacher of writing, currently working at the University of St Andrews. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Society of Authors. Her first novel, Honour Thy Father, was published in 1990 and received both a Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award. Glaister became known for her darkly humorous works and has been dubbed the Queen of Domestic Gothic. Glaister was named Yorkshire Author of the Year in 1998 for her novel Easy Peasy, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award in 1998. Now You See Me was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2002. Glaister lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband, author Andrew Greig.

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