By Elizabeth Brundage
By the acclaimed novelist of All issues stop to Appear
“An severe, provocative thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Hedda Chase is a top-flight govt manufacturer at Gladiator motion pictures, fast-tracked within the company for the reason that she graduated from Yale. An competitive businesswoman, she lately pulled the plug on a movie venture initiated via one in every of her predecessors. The screenwriter at the undertaking used to be Hugh Waters, a wannabe with a dead-end marriage and an afternoon task at an coverage corporation. This script was once his price ticket out-until Hedda tampered together with his plans, claiming his violence used to be excessive, his premise now not credible, and his finishing unbelievable. Hugh makes a decision to end up in a different way via staging his script’s finishing and casting Hedda Chase because the sufferer. He flies to l. a. and reveals Hedda, kidnaps her, and locks her within the trunk of her classic BMW within the car parking zone at LAX. He leaves the keys within the ignition, the parking price ticket at the sprint, and shall we “destiny” take its course.
This is the set-up for a troubling, shrewdpermanent, lethal examine girls and pictures of ladies, at media as a high-stakes online game and the marketing of a conflict as theatre. Brundage’s la is an off-the-cuff battleground that trades carelessly in lives and goals. As constantly, her characters are complex, magnificent, and excessive during this excessive speed, provocative novel.
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Oh. Well. ” Tom shook his head. “It’s my own fault. ” “Here, you try. ” It wasn’t smart to take out his cell phone, but Hugh handed it to Tom and watched him punch in the number. He put on the speakerphone. They sat there listening to it ring. Just minutes after putting her in the trunk, Hugh had set her pocketbook on the front seat of the car. The phone had continued to vibrate and, out of frustration, he’d dug it out and tossed it into the glove box. He pictured it there now, vibrating. Stupidly, he hadn’t turned it off, but perhaps it had been deliberate.
He had decided that, this time, he was going to save her. He was going to open the trunk and get her out. But as he drove around the lot again, retracing his steps, it occurred to him that the car wasn’t there. He drove around a second time. There was no mistake. The car had moved. It was gone. Perhaps she had actually gotten out, he thought. Perhaps, by some stroke of incredible luck, she’d freed her hands and pulled the tape off her mouth. Perhaps someone had heard her cries and been determined to save her.
I didn’t want it anyway,” he lied. His wife didn’t say anything and for a moment he wondered if he’d lost her. “Marion? ” “I feel like I’m disappearing. ” “We used to be fine. ” We were not fine. ” He closed his phone, disconnecting the call. It wasn’t nice, he knew, to hang up on his wife. As a result, she would be up all night, and yet he didn’t care. He was glad he wasn’t with her—glad he would never return to their stilted little house with its singing Disney birds and garbage cans or to his cubicle on the thirtieth floor of the tower of immutable suffering otherwise known as the Equitable Life Insurance Company.