Deceptions (Paperback)

By Rebecca Frayn

Washington Square Press, 9781439196397, 264pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011




Julian and Annie have only just announced their forthcoming marriage when Annie's twelve-year-old son, Dan, fails to come home from school. Despite an extensive police investigation, the days turn into weeks and it is as if Dan has vanished into thin air.

Over the next three years Annie refuses to give up hope that somewhere her son is alive and will one day return home. Julian, meanwhile, can't help but yearn for Annie to put the past behind her and move on. Then, out of the blue, a call brings shocking news of Dan's fate. And far from being over, it seems the mystery of his disappearance is only just beginning.

In spare, searing prose, Deceptions addresses our simultaneous need for--and wariness of--human connection and the extremes that we are driven to by these competing impulses. Marking British literary star Rebecca Frayn's arrival in the United States, this is fiction at its riveting best.

Praise For Deceptions

“A compulsive thriller with echoes of Ruth Rendell…Superb.” —The Times

“Great psychological insight lies at the heart of this disturbing, gripping story.” —Daily Mirror

"Clever, unpredictable and utterly gripping from start to finish." —Heat Magazine

"A stylishly written page-turner by a novelist of skill and authority." —The Daily Mail

"A masterful thriller" —The Sunday Express

"This is a book that grabs you from the opening pages and will prove very difficult to put down." —Reader's Digest

"Fans of Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal will love this" —Red

“Gripping emotional drama. Unsettlingly compelling." —Easy Living

Aborbing...It’s the sort of book that as soon as you think you can see where it might be going it takes a quite unexpected turn...A truly gripping read that had me hooked from the first page" —Bookbag

"A thoughtful thriller…will evoke deserved comparisons to authors like Laura Lippman and Ruth Rendell." —Publishers Weekly, starred review