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The Book Collector
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Alice Thompson was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was the former keyboard player with post-punk eighties band, The Woodentops and joint winner with Graham Swift of The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Justine. Her second novel, Pandora's Box, was shortlisted for The Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Her other novels are Pharos, The Falconer and most recently Burnt Island. Alice is a past winner of a Creative Scotland Award. She is now lecturer in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.

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With a nod to Angela Carter, Thompson takes the myth of Bluebeard, the murdering husband who keeps a tally of his dead wives, sets it down in that Edwardian summer just before the guns of the First World War go off. It's a superb settling for betrayal and revenge.

-- Lesley McDowell * The Independent on Sunday *

revel in the gothic darkness and inexorable drama

-- John Lloyd * The Bookbag *

The precise Edwardian vocabulary began to assume a more contemporary feel in the wake of Violet's treatment at the asylum, and this proved an interesting divergence from the general feel of the book. With flayed corpses, books covered with human skin, and raging madness, this is definitely worth checking out...

* Raven Crime Reads *

The Book Collector shows a wry and sly mind at work throughout. Scottish literature would be thinner without this kind of challenging and cleverly-wrought writing.

-- Stuart Kelly * The Scotsman *

Alice Thompson, one-time keyboard player for Eighties band The Woodentops, is now an established novelist, who has won praise from Ian Rankin and Stephen King. The horror master would no doubt approve of this slim Edwardian-era gothic, too, recalling as it does both Rebecca and The Silence Of The Lambs.

-- Stephanie Cross * The Daily Mail *

A brief, but substantial, horror story.

-- Lynsy Spence * The Lady *

The Book Collector throws the essential elements of the gothic chiller into a blender and what emerges is something between pastiche and critique, in which its author never loses sight of the need to give her readers, first and foremost, an unputdownable yarn.

-- Alastair Mabbott * The Herald *

With its gothic motifs, this dark portrait of a `fairytale' marriage is full of mystery and suspense ... an elegant and bloodily shocking entertainment.

-- Suzi Feay * The Guardian *

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