The Night Guest (Compact Disc)

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        Ruth is seventy-five years old and managing pretty well in her ocean side Australian home, that is until one night when she wakes from sleep completely convinced there is a tiger in her house. She can smell it's musky jungle smell and hear it sniffing outside her door. Her cats stand alert and when the sniffing comes closer to her bedroom they escape. Ruth is thrilled. What could be more exciting than being eaten by a tiger? 
The next day, she is caught off guard by a visitor, a woman who claims to be a government carer, there to look after her and her home. To everyone in Ruth's life, this woman, Frida, appears to be a godsend but as Ruth gets to know her she starts to wonder what Frida's motives are. 
    Frustratingly written with an unreliable narrator, the The Night Guest is wonderful. The buildup in suspense and the frustrating lack of certainty are welcome, not to mention Fiona McFarlane's beautiful writing style. 
    If you are looking for a beautifully rendered thrill, a touching look into aging, or perhaps a sweet brief moment of romance, you should read this. 

— Chelsea S


Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman--Frida--claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.

Now that Frida is in the house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of her childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane's hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a story that soars above its own suspense and tells us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about aging, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn't be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, creating wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781480565029
ISBN-10: 1480565024
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Language: English
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