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Mariner Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

As a child, Kiare Ladner wanted to live on a farm, run an orphanage, and be onstage. As an adult, she found herself working for academics, with prisoners, and on nightshifts. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Nightshift is her first novel, written while studying for a Ph.D. She grew up in South Africa and lives in London.


In her dark and twisted novel, Ladner explores self-destruction and unhealthy obsession. The plot is as explosive as Ladner's writing and pace. She has a tight grip on the form and won't let go.--Debutiful, 12 Can't-Miss Debut Books to Read in February
Nightshift has atmosphere to spare, and the unstable friendship at its core is rendered with the right amount of moodiness.--CrimeReads, 5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This February
A friendship grows into a life-altering obsession in Ladner's alluring debut set in late 1990s London. ... Ladner sustains a deliriously lurid rabbit hole for Meggie to go down as she fixates on her unreliable 'fairy tale friend' who she longs not only to know but also to be. The result is a tense and affecting tale of awakening.--Publishers Weekly
"A firecracker of a book - toxic, sexy, pacey and packed with humor. It's a long time since I read something so gloriously nihilistic, and I won't be forgetting it anytime soon." --Elizabeth Macneal, internationally bestselling author of The Doll Factory
"Nightshift is one of the most exciting and provocative debuts I've read in years. Daring and dark, it explores themes of nihilism, escape, and desire, with classic noir echoes of Patricia Highsmith. Is it possible to become someone else? What are the consequences of doing so? Fearless in subject matter and stylistically brave, this is not a novel I'm going to forget anytime soon." --Julianne Pachico, author of The Anthill
"A brilliantly compulsive, unnerving read. A meditation on obsessive female friendship that sinks into the bone." --Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish
"Kiare Ladner's hypnotic debut, set in the urban nightscape of 90s London, is a portrait of a young woman's sexual awakening and her struggle to define herself in the midst of an obsessive love affair with a coworker. Exploring the potency of female sexuality, Nightshift is a novel about the overwhelming yearning for human connection and how we shape ourselves around the things we most desire. I ate it up in two sittings!"--Ellie Eaton, author of The Divines
Nightshift casts a hypnotic spell: the eerie allure of a city at night, the woozy thrill of love and obsession, the blurry line between self-discovery and self-destruction, perfectly captured. I tore through this novel in a haunted daze.--Natalie Standiford, author of Astrid Sees All
"I can't wait for this debut novel about female friendship turned toxic obsession, when Meggie decides to emulate Sabine by trading her hours to work the nightshift with her, throwing away everything good in her life to live alongside her otherworldly friend." --Nylon, The 13 Best Books Coming Out in February
The twists and turns in the story prevent predictability, and Ladner's gorgeous shadowy writing creates a daunting but exhilarating world that's difficult to leave.--The Skinny (UK)