A driving, compulsive novel that explores human greed and loyalty corrupted by temptation.
About the book
Margot is a grifter, making her living preying on the weaknesses of men. She is an avenging angel, shattering marriages and draining bank accounts. Exploring what drives her quest to deceive and disarm, The Face Thief moves fluidly forward and back in time, drawing vivid portraits of Margot's rocky childhood and her adult victims: an amiable, newly married man enticed into a catastrophic fraud; an esteemed teacher outwitted by his most dangerous student; and a well-meaning New York City cop tripped up by his belief in redemption. Rich in suspense and psychological depth, The Face Thief swirls around predator and prey, creating a landscape where the educated are violent, the beautiful ugly, and the well-intentioned hapless, though all are constantly attempting to right their toppled lives.
Psychological depth and mystery cast in great sentences: the result is a suspenseful, beautifully achieved example of what happens when a serious novelist wants us to keep turning the pages
A dark libido animates this novel that can't be resisted
A sublime thriller ... an elegant and profound novel of memory, perception and reinvention
One of the most stunningly written psychological thrillers of the year so far; an intriguing, cautionary tale of what happens when we only see what we want to see
Wonderful ... angular, super-realist noir, its meticulous prose a savage delight