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Author: Fiona McFarlane Narrator: Lisbeth Kennelly Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781480565005
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Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman—Frida—claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.

Now that Frida is in the house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of her childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a story that soars above its own suspense and tells us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about aging, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, creating wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enthralling…This stellar debut will haunt you—and remind you to call your mother.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Ms. McFarlane’s debut, filled with lively writing and convincing psychological portraiture, is a slowly unfolding mystery that is less about who done it than about the vagaries of ‘that sticky organ,’ the human brain.”

    New York Times

  • “An impressive debut—a tender novel about old age and a psychological meditation on isolation—that moves with the curious pace of a mystery.”, editorial review

  • “A novel of uncanny emotional penetration…A low thrum of terror builds ever so gradually as The Night Guest proceeds, and its source is the slippery connection between the mind and the world…You’re in [Ruth’s] head, and that head gets less and less sound as the novel progresses, but it’s a strangely delightful place to be, for all the darkness surrounding it.”


  • “At once a beautifully imagined portrait of isolation and an unsettling psychological thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “McFarlane’s crisp, clean, lean prose is a pleasure to read.”


  • Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book for Fiction
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Debut Fiction 2013

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About the Author

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, Australia. She has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University and was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

About the Narrator

Lisbeth Kennelly has been an entertainer for more than twenty years. She has performed extensively on stage and television in Australia, including being a long-running main cast member of E Street. She has also directed theater, sung in funk party bands and an Elvis Presley tribute band, been a motivational speaker to teenagers, and has made documentaries with her husband Greg Quail for their production company.