Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard

Book - 2014
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Sitting in a courtroom after being charged with murder, a geneticist and happily married mother of two reflects on her affair with a secret lover who claimed a connection to the British government and who seduced her with an irresistible combination of sexual power, justice and revenge
"Gripping literary thriller about a woman who makes one rash choice and ends up on trial for murder"-- Provided by publisher.
"An intelligent, erotically charged thriller with deep moral implications. Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her. As the barrister's voice grows low and sinuous, Yvonne realizes she's lost herself and the life she'd built so carefully to a man who never existed at all. After their first liaison, Yvonne's lover tells her very little about himself, but she comes to suspect his secrecy has an explanation connected with the British government. So thrilled and absorbed is she in her newfound sexual power that she fails to notice the real danger about to blindside her from a seemingly innocuous angle. Then, reeling from an act of violence, Yvonne discovers that her desire for justice and revenge has already been compromised. Everything hinges on one night in a dark little alley called Apple Tree Yard. Suspenseful, erotically charged, and masterfully paced, Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent psychological thriller about desire and its consequences by a writer of phenomenal gifts"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374105679
0374105677
Branch Call Number: Fiction Doughty
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 24 cm

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jerksister1
May 03, 2017

Didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, especially after reading comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. I found the main character ridiculously naïve, especially for such a brilliant scientist. Found in the end I really didn't care what happened to her or her co-accused and the great reveal at the end was an unsurprising letdown.

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coroboreefarm
Jan 31, 2017

Fans of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl and Girl on the Train might like to try this book. The plot is slightly different, but the author uses many of the same conventions to pull the reader into a taut, disturbing world where a very smart, successful middle-aged geneticist, highly respected in her field and happily married, finds herself drawn into an fairly tawdry affair and ultimately finds herself on trial for murder. Creepy, compelling and twisty, if slightly unbelievable. This is a good book to lose yourself in.

AL_ERICART Nov 18, 2016

This book has really stayed with my since I read it a few years ago. I think picked it up because it was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick which I tend to like. I listened to this as an audiobook which I think enhanced my enjoyment as it was narrated by Juliet Stevenson. She is, in my opinion, one of the finest audiobook narrators ever. Anyway, this is a psychological thriller that begins with a bad choice that spirals out of control. I don't want to give too much away as to ruin the plot. If you enjoyed Sister by Rosamund Lupton or Before I go to sleep by SJ Watson. You must read this.

VeeMac Sep 12, 2015

Yes, this book is a quick read. Yes, the plot follows the unexpected consequences of a middle-age woman swept up in an affair...but the anti-feminist undercurrents and NeoCon values running through this book made me really angry. Don't waste your time!

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uncommonreader
Sep 04, 2015

A psychological thriller structured around a trial about a woman' self-deception. A page-turner.

debwalker Jul 29, 2015

Dark consequences of a middle-aged fling.....with a twist.

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hollymacpherson
Apr 27, 2014

Great read would be a great vacation book. Highly recommend.

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stephaniedchase
Apr 13, 2014

GONE GIRL fans: this is the book you have been waiting for. The plot may be different, but the same deep sense of foreboding as the characters realize how little they know about one another is present, along with the excellent pacing.

For those who thought Flynn's book not subtle enough, the confident and mature Yvonne Carmichael is your antidote. Not to be missed.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Though happily (enough) married, scientist Yvonne Carmichael acted on an impulse and found herself embroiled in a heated affair. Now, sitting in a courtroom after being charged with murder, along with her lover, Yvonne revisits that relationship in the cold light of day, reflecting on the man she clearly didn't know quite well enough. To say too much more about the plot would be unfair to potential readers, but Booklist calls Yvonne's story "spellbinding, shocking, seductive, and wickedly intense." Thrillers and Suspense February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/33e3793e-e881-4de1-8e30-8ec4cb3a6d64?postId=9e85127c-f04f-4b24-a37a-dd4278a1ea24

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