The Eye of the Beholder
by Margie Orford
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Pub Date 7 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 7 Jul 2022
When danger lies in the eye of the beholder, what happens when you reject its pull?
Cora carries secrets her daughter can't know.
Freya is frightened by what her mother leaves unsaid.
Angel will only bury the past if it means putting her abusers into the ground.
One act of violence sets three women on a collision course, each desperate to find the truth, when the people they love are not what they seem.
‘A tale of love and abuse that is as powerful as it is elegant – and it grips like a vice, too’
‘Subtle, chilling to the bone and very contemporary. Margie Orford has a quietly understated, beautiful literary style’
‘Orford truly understands the transformative power of violence for those who survive it and those who visit it upon others. It gives her writing visceral power’
‘The acclaimed 'Queen of Crime fiction' in South Africa takes a further step into the dark. The result is as compelling as it is frightening and deeply thought provoking. The Eye of the Beholder is sure to play a key role in the ongoing debate about what women and men are, and can be, for each other in these violent times’
Praise for Margie Orford:
‘Margie Orford is a name you should commit to memory’
O, Oprah Magazine
‘Wonderfully crafted and fully engrossing’
‘Margie Orford is world-class. This is crime writing at its very best’
‘Orford has a rare ability to get under the skin of the genre's conventions’
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This was a riveting read that I still don't know what to write down, because I am still processing it. Evocative, immersive and emotive. I was gripped from the very first page. A triumph.
A book that will stay with me for quite a while, I'm thinking. The male gaze, indeed...
Praise for those books that are the after-effect of #MeToo, like this one. Therefore it deserves a place on my books-that-matter shelf here on Goodreads
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
The Eye of the Beholder tells the story of Cora, Freya and Angel. Cora is keeping something from her daughter Freya and Angel is searching for a missing art curator. They are connected by a terrible secret.
Told from the perspective of the three women, you are instantly caught up in their lives and drawn into what drives them. I loved that it was completely unpredictable.
A really dark story but beautifully written, it will stay with you long after the last chapter.
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