The Insect Farm (Hardcover)

By Stuart Prebble

Mulholland Books, 9780316337366, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/6/2015)
Paperback (2/28/2017)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (7/7/2015)

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An eerie debut suspense novel that explores how little one man may know his own brother--and his own mind.

The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan's pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger's immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life.

Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother--and if he has so completely misjudged Roger's mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself?

The Insect Farm is a dramatic psychological thriller about the secrets we keep from those we love most, and the extent to which the people closest to us are also the most unknowable. In his astounding debut, Stuart Prebble guides us through haunting twists and jolting discoveries as a startling picture emerges: One of the Maguire brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.

About the Author

Stuart Prebble is a former television executive and CEO of the UK television network ITV. The Insect Farm is his first novel to be published in the United States. He is currently a producer and director at StoryVault Films. He lives in London.

Praise For The Insect Farm

"Chilling and suspenseful, rich and human."—Lee Child, #1 bestselling author of Personal

"Twisty. Fans of Greg Iles and Louise Penny should like this one."—Susan Jaffe, Columbus Dispatch

"A well-choreographed dance. Fully engaging. Reminiscent of Ruth Rendell."—Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer

"Only rarely do a gripping psychological crime story and a literary writer's insight and masterful style coincide. But The Insect Farm has that distinction. You'll read this book fast, so compelling is the story, then--I guarantee--go back and read it again to savor the author's gift for rich, lyrical writing. A tour de force."—Jeffery Deaver, bestselling author of Solitude Creek

"Suspenseful and ominous...The Insect Farm sketches a world of unstable truths, while posing questions about memory, relationships, perception and intuition."—Shelf Awareness

"The opening few pages of The Insect Farm so grabbed me that I couldn't stop reading. This is one of the most original, surprising, and even shocking suspense thrillers that I've come across in a long time."—David Morrell, bestselling author of Inspector of the Dead and Murder as a Fine Art

"Nearly impossible to put down...First timer writer Stuart Prebble is similar to Stephen King. There is something wonderful--and equally disturbing--about the brothers' relationship and Prebble handles the subtext perfectly. I have never read anything quite like The Insect Farm but I'm glad I did."—Rob Taub, Huffington Post

"While Prebble's novel begins like a supercreepy thriller, it gradually morphs into a compelling, even sensitive, story about brothers."—Stacy Alesi, Booklist

"A creepy and effective modern gothic . . . Prebble maintains a consistent aura of dread throughout."—Publishers Weekly