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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Wright Narrator: Lorelei King, Peter Marinker Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield’s thriller. As the Hastings’ ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvellously written --the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful. Saul Bellow
  • Compelling...Mesmerizing...Absolutely irresistible. The New York Times
  • A masterpiece...A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills...It would be easy to say that his critical intelligence dominates Tony and Susan, but Wright is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful novelist...Tony and Susan makes one hunger to read more of Wright's work. Chicago-Sun Times
  • Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful . . . unforgettable. Ruth Rendell
  • A brilliant novel...Astute, cunning and thrilling in equal measure...deserves to be found by a whole new generation of readers Independent (UK)
  • My favorite novel of 2010 would have been my favorite novel of 1993 -- if only I had known about it...Wright died at the age of 80; in 2010 TONY AND SUSAN returns to print as his stunning literary legacy. Min Jin Lee, The Times (UK)
  • “Marvellously written—the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.”

    Saul Bellow

  • “Compelling…Mesmerizing…Absolutely irresistible.”

    New York Times

  • “A masterpiece…A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills…It would be easy to say that his critical intelligence dominates Tony and Susan, but Wright is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful novelist...Tony and Susan makes one hunger to read more of Wright's work.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Wright demonstrates that macho posturing, cruelty, and the refusal of individual responsibility infect both sexes and all classes. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/16/2014

    " Very engaging at the beginning but then loses its grip. Perhaps the lackluster ending is a mirror of Susan's pathetic life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kasandra | 2/15/2014

    " This book deserves 5 stars for the quality of the writing, but unfortunately, the last third or so let me down, because it definitely was not as satisfying or as climactic as I'd been led to believe it would be by what came before. That's not to say it's not worth reading. This is definitely a thriller as well as an exploration of marriage, and both stories within the story are well-done and stick with you in a haunting, eerie sort of way. I couldn't put this down once I started it, and put off doing homework to finish! (Note: my parents' names are Tony and Susan, as are my bosses at work, which is what initially drew me to this, I hadn't realized the book was a re-release getting quite a bit of publicity). The prose here is both odd and different as well as intuitive and natural.... hard to describe, but this is a really curious and unique read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Terri | 2/11/2014

    " I don't get it!! At all!! Did Tony kill his family? Was Tony really Edward. Susan is a weirdo, does she really have a husband and kids?? Did not like it at all!! Sorry!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by The Wee Hen | 2/2/2014

    " I started this book with some trepidation as I feared it was going to be nothing but pure intellectual masturbation. Happily it turned out to be quite a nice little crime novel as well as a book within a book, for which i admit, I am a big sucker. Nicely paced thriller, not too "novel-y" - look forward to exploring Wright's other work. "

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