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Under the Harrow

By: Flynn Berry

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Imprint: Penguin Books

Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780143108573

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On Sale: | Pages: 240

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Once I started reading"Under the Harrow, "I couldn't stop. It's like"Broadchurch"written byElena Ferrante. Claire Messud, author of"The Woman Upstairs" I read"Under the Harrow"through the night I couldn t put it down. Alex Marwood, author of"The Wicked Girls" When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can t trust them to find her sister s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers. A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, "Under the Harrow" marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer."
Having been forewarned by a blurb on the back cover, I was expecting a knockoff of Paula Hawkins's “The Girl on the Train” or another rendition of Gillian Flynn's “Gone Girl.” Ever since those books' phenomenal success, any new novel that is at all similar greedily begs comparison. Indeed, “Under the Harrow” contains similarities that will undoubtedly attract readers — but underneath its hard-driving, page-turning, compulsively readable narrative is a striking, original voice all Berry's own.... Throughout the novel, Berry elegantly weaves in a subplot about a car accident in the town that leaves a man dead. The wife who survives the accident had been a patient of Rachel's in the hospital, an obvious victim of spousal abuse. What at first seems an inessential commentary on violence against women becomes a visceral theme that runs through the entire novel like spilled blood, all the way to its riveting and surprising end.
—New York Times
UNDER THE HARROW is one powerful story. What happened to Rachel will become your total focus once you open this book. Perhaps that's because Nora doesn't care about anything else, and you will find yourself completely immersed in her ife. She will make you feel her deep, painful loss. She will take you through her anguish and grief, fear and anger. Best of all, though, she will lead you into a world of suspense as you learn who killed Rachel and why. Find out why author Flynn Berry is a daunting new talent.
Ms. Berry, a first-time American novelist, has written a psychological-suspense work fit to hold its own with many recent best-sellers. And she's done it with a narrator whose possible unreliability is not arbitrary but consistent with this well-wrought book's conception, thereby heightening the considerable suspense.
—Wall Street Journal
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