Before the Ruins

Victoria Gosling (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$26.99  $24.83
Publisher
Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date
January 12, 2021
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781250759153

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About the Author

Victoria Gosling grew up in Wiltshire, England and studied English Literature at Manchester University. She is the founder of The Reader Berlin, hosting salon nights in Berlin and writers' retreats in Greece and Italy. She also organizes The Berlin Writing Prize. Gosling is the author of Before the Ruins.

Reviews

[A] stellar debut. . . .The gorgeous, poetic prose perfectly complements the suspenseful plot. Gosling is off to a terrific start.
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

The elements of mystery serve to provide narrative tension, but the real point here is Gosling's examination of the disappointment of modern living, the emptiness of adulthood, and the notion of the fake diamond necklace so many of us spend our lives searching for... Come for the missing person mystery, stay for the existential ennui.
-Kirkus

Engrossing, beguiling, and with an undertow of menace, Before the Ruins is a masterly debut from a richly talented author.
-Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests

Lush and razor-sharp, Before the Ruins is both deliciously gothic and completely contemporary. Every single page is absorbing and surprising.
-Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow

I don't know the last time I enjoyed a book this much. Unbelievably tense and incredibly smart, Victoria's Gosling's story about four friends playing a truly terrifying game of cat-and-mouse in a deserted manor house is the perfect menage a trois of superb plotting, haunting characters, and gorgeous, atmospheric prose. Tana French fans will devour this.
-Aimee Molloy, author of The Perfect Mother

Four disaffected teenagers, a deserted manor, an unlimited supply of drugs, and a cache of potentially explosive secrets. What could go right? Before the Ruins, Victoria Gosling's stunner of a debut novel, is rich with mystery and moral disorder. It put me in mind of Edward St. Aubyn and Donna Tart; dark, fierce, and totally addictive.
-Valerie Martin, author of Property and Trespass