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An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications

Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused 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, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. 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.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and bravely written book.”

    Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bodies

  • “A disquieting, perceptive, and gripping read.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “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.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A chilling novel…Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories…Entirely compelling.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to a breaking point.” 

    Times (London)

  • “[A] thrilling narrative.”

    Herald Scotland (Glasgow)

  • “Riveting.”

    Independent (London)

  • “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 realize how one bad decision can change the course of your life forever.”

    Stylist (London)

  • “Nobody who reads Apple Tree Yard is likely to complain about feeling short-changed…Here the sharp domestic details are powerfully combined with (among other things) a dark crime thriller, a gripping courtroom drama and an unforced meditation on the pleasures and dangers of self-deception…Superbly teasing.”

    Reader’s Digest

  • “This is a thinking person’s Gone Girl, with a British flavor, about the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell about ourselves.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brooding, emotionally complex, and powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
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