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The Crooked House - A Novel

Christobel Kent

Published in the United Kingdom in 2015, Christobel Kent's The Crooked House has drawn comparisons to works by the pantheon of British female literary suspense writers--Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, P. D. James, and Kate Atkinson. In this darkly atmospheric psychological thriller, she accomplishes what those celebrated writers do best: she creates an insular world (a single house, a small town) where something sinister has occurred, and subtly inflects each page with the toxic residue of violence. Much like the unnamed narrator of Rebecca, Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past. Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it. But soon Alison realizes that that night's events have left a terrible mark on everyone in the village, and she begins to suspect that they are all somehow implicated in her family's murder.

Published in the United Kingdom in 2015, Christobel Kent's The Crooked House has drawn comparisons to works by the pantheon of British female literary suspense writers--Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, P. D. James, and Kate Atkinson. In this darkly atmospheric psychological thriller, she accomplishes what those celebrated writers do best: she creates an insular world (a single house, a small town) where something sinister has occurred, and subtly inflects each page with the toxic residue of violence. Much like the unnamed narrator of Rebecca, Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past. Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it. But soon Alison realizes that that night's events have left a terrible mark on everyone in the village, and she begins to suspect that they are all somehow implicated in her family's murder.
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Published in the United Kingdom in 2015, Christobel Kent's The Crooked House has drawn comparisons to works by the pantheon of British female literary suspense writers--Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, P. D. James, and Kate Atkinson. In this darkly atmospheric psychological thriller, she accomplishes what those celebrated writers do best: she creates an insular world (a single house, a small town) where something sinister has occurred, and subtly inflects each page with the toxic residue of violence. Much like the unnamed narrator of Rebecca, Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past. Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it. But soon Alison realizes that that night's events have left a terrible mark on everyone in the village, and she begins to suspect that they are all somehow implicated in her family's murder.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rachel Atkins

Length:

11h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

32:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

29:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:23