Join Pushkin Vertigo for our very first digital readalong of Louise Mey’s immersive, deeply affecting novel, THE SECOND WOMAN (tr. Louise Lalaurie Rogers). We have 30 free spaces available, so simply request this title and we’ll contact you if you are selected! A print discount code will be emailed to all other applicants. Readalong starts on Monday 13th September, and discussion will be held in an Instagram DM group. Request by Monday 6th September to join.
About The Second Woman:
Sandrine lives alone, rarely speaking to anyone other than her colleagues. She is resigned to her solitary life, until she sees on TV a man despairing for his wife who has mysteriously disappeared. Sandrine is drawn to him and eventually the two strike up a relationship.
When the man’s wife reappears, Sandrine is forced to confront the truth about him. Is he all she thought he was, or is he hiding an abusive and manipulative character? Who can she trust – the man she loves now, or the woman he loved first?
'An author deeply attached to women's relationship with their body, she dissects the mechanisms of psychological violence in a terribly sharp way' - Marie Claire
'An astonishingly immersive and chilling account of how abusive relationships form, and then escalate. Beautifully wrought, this is an important, psychologically astute novel which is deeply disturbing and profoundly real. It has the power of a psychic haunting, lingering long in the mind after you finish reading it' -- Lisa Harding, author of Bright Burning Things
'A brutal and brilliant portrayal of psychological violence and female strength. In a genre that thrives on the mistreatment of women, Mey shows us the other side of the coin' -- Anna Bailey, author of Tall Bones
'Louise Mey's The Second Woman smashes the Gothic trope of the first wife who haunts the second, literally returning her from the dead - along with memories of all that she has endured. An in-depth examination of women and their bodies, of violence and manipulation, Mey's work transcends an ordinary psychological thriller, ultimately providing a portrayal of domestic violence that is at once both difficult to look at and away from' -- Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine
'Brutal and brilliant, The Second Woman is a razor-sharp dissection of the dynamics of coercive control. Louise Mey's elegant prose paints a picture that is frightening and uncompromising, yet tinged with hope for a new and better world' -- Jessica Moor, author of Keeper
'A brilliant portrayal of psychological violence and female strength' -- Anna Bailey, author of Tall Bones