Threats

Threats

Book - 2012
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Devastated by the perplexing death of his wife in the middle of an Ohio winter, retired dentist David discovers a psychologically complex series of notes threatening his wife and is introduced by an unsettling detective to people who do not appear to have his best interests in mind. Original. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

David's wife is dead. At least, he thinks she's dead. But he can't figure out what killed her or why she had to die, and his efforts to sort out what's happened have been interrupted by his discovery of a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden in strange places around his home—one buried in the sugar bag, another carved into the side of his television. These disturbing threats may be the best clues to his wife's death:

CURL UP ON MY LAP. LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL.

Detective Chico is also on the case, and is intent on asking David questions he doesn't know the answers to and introducing him to people who don't appear to have David's or his wife's best interests in mind. With no one to trust, David is forced to rely on his own memories and faculties—but they too are proving unreliable.

In THREATS, Amelia Gray builds a world that is bizarre yet familiar, violent yet tender. It is an electrifying story of love and loss that grabs you on the first page and never loosens its grip.



Baker
& Taylor

Devastated by the death of his wife in the middle of winter, David discovers a complex series of notes threatening his wife and is introduced by a detective to people who do not appear to have his best interests in mind.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374533076
0374533075
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gra
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 19 cm

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davedean
Mar 13, 2016

I liked this book a lot. The atmosphere of ambiguous menace was beautifully created. The threats themselves were almost like prose poems, reminiscent of Jenny Holzer's "Inflammatory Essays" installation series and Gray's own story collection AM/PM. If you like bracing literary experiments with character and narrative, but Threats on your list.

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msp_pier
Nov 08, 2015

I originally gave this 2 stars and maybe that was a bit harsh. I think a 2.5 is more accurate. This book is weird. The first page talked about a decaying basement, decaying leaves, dust, mold, etc. if you want to read a book based on a persons inner thoughts that's literally losing their mind, then you may enjoy this. David's wife dies under mysterious circumstances and the rest of the novel is a whodunnit/portrait of grief experienced by a husband who's lost everything. But as a protagonist, David is kind of unreliable because he's totally losing his marbles. I can dig weird and creepy and dark, but I just couldn't get into this.

dollfacecrafter Oct 31, 2012

this book is so weird, I couldn't understand what was going on, there was no point or no explanations !!

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