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Natural History By Neil Cross

Natural History by Neil Cross

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'An astonishing writer . . . tautly lyrical, and able at a stroke to fill you with cold, dark fear' Time Out

Natural History Summary

Natural History by Neil Cross

From the acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun, Natural History is a work of exquisite tension

Strange things are happening in Monkeyland, the ailing Devonshire sanctuary that Patrick and his zoologist wife, Jane, took on in a bid to save their marriage. Their oldest female primate, the wise and gentle Rue, is found murdered in a corner of the compound. And a big, panther-like cat, preys around the park. It evades capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind. Private, threatening, elusive.

With Patrick's son, Charlie, having left Monkeyland in disgrace and his wife on a field trip in Zaire, Patrick is left alone with his black cat and his fears. Until one night something happens that is so shocking, so deplorable, that it rips apart everything Patrick had ever held to be true.

They say that a parent's worse nightmare is to suffer the death of a child. But what if that's not true?

Praise for Natural History:

'The skill with which the author manipulates the narrative, revealing its developments only by degrees, is what gives this sharply observed and suspenseful novel its edge - so that when the shocking climax takes place, it is both entirely unexpected and frighteningly plausible' The Times

'Powerfully intelligent... the frightening permeability of borders lies at the centre of this complex and troubling book... Compressed lyricism generates sudden shifts between transitory events and durable historical patterns, Cross's novel is serious and compelling in equal measure' Guardian

'Taut domestic intrigue, sprung with mistrust and the menacing stealth of hunting... A subtle interplay of anxieties and tolerances that keep parental treacheries in glaring focus' Financial Times

'I'm a big fan of this author and particularly of this menacing novel, which on the surface could be a family drama but turns into something very nasty indeed. It's clever, tense and chilling. Highly recommended' Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller

'Dark and densely plotted...the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility' Daily Mail

'A masterpiece... seductively readable, no matter how much one dreads what may happen next... mercilessly realistic... This is a dangerous novel. Everyone in it has a lot to worry about' Daily Telegraph

About Neil Cross

Neil Cross is the author of several novels including Always the Sun and Burial, as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. He has been lead scriptwriter for the two most recent seasons of the acclaimed BBC spy drama series Spooks and continues to write widely for the screen.

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Natural History by Neil Cross
Used - Very Good
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