Publication Date: 30/05/2024 ISBN: 9780241652305 Category:

The Safekeep

Yael van der Wouden

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 30/05/2024 ISBN: 9780241652305 Category:


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‘A razor-sharp, perfectly plotted debut novel… This book is worth your time and your patience’ Sunday Times

‘Moving, unnerving and deeply sexy’ Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

‘A house is a precious thing…’

An exhilarating tale of twisted desire, histories and homes, and the unexpected shape of revenge – for readers of Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Waters and Ian McEwan’s Atonement

It’s 1961 and the rural Dutch province of Overijssel is quiet. Bomb craters have been filled, buildings reconstructed, and the war is well and truly over. Living alone in her late mother’s country home, Isabel’s life is as it should be: led by routine and discipline. But all is upended when her brother Louis delivers his graceless new girlfriend, Eva, at Isabel’s doorstep-as a guest, there to stay for the season…

Eva is Isabel’s antithesis: sleeps late, wakes late, walks loudly through the house and touches things she shouldn’t. In response Isabel develops a fury-fuelled obsession, and when things start disappearing around the house-a spoon, a knife, a bowl-Isabel’ suspicions spiral out of control. In the sweltering peak of summer, Isabel’s paranoia gives way to desire – leading to a discovery that unravels all Isabel has ever known. The war might not be well and truly over after all, and neither Eva – nor the house in which they live – are what they seem.

‘Surprising, chilling, and electric’ Alice Winn, bestselling author of IN MEMORIAM

‘The Safekeep is a dream of a novel – mesmerizing and shockingly good… I was utterly blown away’ Miranda Cowley Heller, bestselling author of THE PAPER PALACE

‘An impressive debut; I already look forward to Van der Wouden’s next’ Guardian

Publisher Review

Surprising, chilling, and electric. The Safekeep is a simply fantastic work of literature. * Alice Winn, bestselling author of IN MEMORIAM * The Safekeep is a dream of a novel - mesmerizing and shockingly good - it lulls you with the lyrical beauty of its words and then slams you awake with its raw passion and rage. Part silent scream, part breathless love story - I was utterly blown away. -- Miranda Cowley Heller An astonishingly skillful debut, The Safekeep manages the rare trick of being both gripping and intimate. A twisting, elegant, intriguing story about the secrets we hide in our homes and hearts - and how it only takes one person to unlock the past. -- Joanna Quinn, bestselling author of THE WHALEBONE THEATRE Haunting and exquisitely poignant -- Claire Fuller Moving, unnerving and deeply sexy -- Tracy Chevalier, author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING The Safekeep is a beautiful book, highly charged, tense, shocking and heartbreaking in equal measure....One of those rare books that feels as if it's been there all along, waiting to be given a voice. And what a voice this is. -- Rachel Joyce A beautiful book. Incredibly well-observed, surprising, and deeply textured. -- Emma Healey, author of ELIZABETH IS MISSING The Safekeep is thrilling: a riveting historical reconciliation and an impossible yet inevitable love story. Superbly wrought-serious, elegant, sexy, devastating. -- Julia May Jonas, author of VLADIMIR This is a stealthy, simmering novel about complicity and the lies we live by -- Clare Pollard

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