Our Picnics in the Sun

Our Picnics in the Sun

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SACRAMENTO BEE

Award-winning author Morag Joss has penned a beautifully rendered, meticulously crafted, and terrifyingly gripping novel of suspense—ideal for the fans of Eowyn Ivey, Ruth Rendell, and Barbara Vine.


One night, two strangers.
A damage that cannot be undone.

For thirty years, Howard and Deborah Morgan have poured all their energy and modest savings into Stoneyridge, a smallholding deep in the English moors. Howard putters with pottery, Deborah dabbles in weaving, and both struggle to tend sheep and chickens and live off the land. But what began with simple dreams of solitude and sunlit picnics in the hills has given way to a harsher reality.

To help with finances, they decide to turn Stoneyridge into a bed-and-breakfast. But a sudden stroke leaves Howard incapacitated and Deborah overwhelmed. Howard’s world, once so limitless, has shrunk to the confines of their crumbling house; Deborah’s main joy now comes in the form of a brief weekly email from their successful son, who lives abroad.

Then, late one evening, two men arrive needing a room for the night—and set off a chain of events that uncovers the relics of old tragedies. New wounds are cut deep, betrayals and cruelties intermix with tenderness and love. And through it all, Stoneyridge quietly hides the bitter and transformative truth.

Evocative, intimately claustrophobic, and psychologically complex, Our Picnics in the Sun is a novel of stunning prose and knife-sharp insight. Morag Joss crafts a modern masterpiece of rising tension that binds and releases like a beating heart, propelling readers to a final page that resonates and haunts.

Praise for Our Picnics in the Sun

“The British writer’s latest is a psychological dazzler.”Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Morag Joss’s Among the Missing

“This remarkable novel has an abundance of suspense at its core, put forth in beautiful prose that all but glows on the page. . . . [Joss] keeps a jittery tension going as the novel spins toward its violent, grand-scaled finale.”Booklist (starred review)

“A haunting, harrowing punch to the heart, Among the Missing is flat-out brilliant. About the secrets we keep, the lives we are desperate to live, and the chances we miss, it’s a psychological dazzler. Truly, one of my favorite books of this year—or any year.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow

“Morag Joss is a writer who knows the old truth that genuine suspense comes not from car chases or gunplay but from the clash of conflicting hearts.Among the Missing is evidence not of a rising talent but of one already fully formed.”—Thomas H. Cook, author ofSandrine’s Case

“A spectacular psychological thriller . . . Joss’s beautiful, evocative novel is filled with tension and suspense.”RT Book Reviews

Baker & Taylor
Forced to take in lodgers after her shepherd husband suffers a stroke, Deborah endures the company of a complaining visitor who cannot pay his bill, a man whose presence forces their confrontation with past demons.

Baker
& Taylor

Forced to take in lodgers after her shepherd husband suffers a stroke, Deborah endures the company of a complaining visitor who cannot pay his bill, a man whose presence forces their confrontation with past demons. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Night Following.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385342766
0385342764
Branch Call Number: Mystery Joss
Characteristics: pages cm

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"This latest from Scottish author Morag Joss is as much an exploration of family - the ties that bind, and also suffocate - as it is a novel of suspense. Deborah and Howard Morgan, who live in the Scottish countryside, are forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet. Their property and their sheep suffer as they age, and their relationship - never particularly loving - is strained even more after Howard suffers a stroke. Their son would prefer never to return. And when a visitor who cannot pay his bill continues to stay with them, his presence upends their fragile stability and forces a confrontation with secrets long buried." Thrillers and Suspense January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9d1abd28-fe56-4c29-b409-8b56b44bb8d0?postId=0cd57d31-6760-4fa5-bcc9-d2d17c5ffb41

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