“At minus five degrees, even the densest blood materials start to turn: the beginnings of a human heart will still into black ice.”
Callum has been given an opportunity: Jozsef’s house is the perfect place to live – plenty of room, a sought-after London location and filled with priceless works of art. All that Jozsef asks in return is for some company while he’s ill and the promise that if it all gets too much, someone will be there to help him at the end.
It’s fortunate then, when Callum meets Lauren who works in Human Resources and specialises in getting rid of people.
Jozsef welcomes them both inside, and so begins a deadly spiral of violence. Pushed ever onwards by the poison of ambition, and haunted by loses from the past, these characters are drawn together in a catastrophe of endings.
Naomi Booth’s second novel is a groundbreaking dissection of class, xenophobia and compassion. Exit Management will seize you in its cold hands and show you the dark heart within us all.
Praise for Sealed. Fresh Voices: 50 Writers You Should Read Now, the Guardian;'An accomplished, slow-burning meditation on motherhood, pregnancy and love. [...] A marvellous first novel.';- the Guardian;'A brilliant dystopian distillation of just about all the ecological fears a young parent can suffer.';- Books of the Year 2017, the White Review;'Sealed is so beautifully written its brutal honesty hits that much harder. SEALED is an unflinching and unforgettable personal descent into ecological nightmare. This stunning book will leave a mark.';- Paul Tremblay, Head Full of Ghosts;'Sealed is the perfect modern horror novel.';- Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-Winning Author;'A genuine sense of urgency as well as great sense of place.';- Nina Allan, author of The Rift;'A tense, fast-paced novel that terrifies in the most satisfying of ways.';- Bina Shah, author of Before She Sleeps;'There is an unbearable truth about the modern world to be found in this book, but it cannot be looked at, or talked of directly. There is only a state of dulled awareness about a terrifying epidemic, drawing closer, pulling tighter - until the final, visceral pages where the horror must come out in a rush of blood and desperation. What a delicate, provoking balance of apocalyptic vision and personal journey Sealed is. I loved it.';- Aliya Whiteley, The Arrival of Missives
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