Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright

Review published on February 28, 2017.

Many years after their divorce, Susan Morrow receives a strange gift from her ex-husband, Edward. A manuscript that tells the story of a terrible crime: an ambush on the highway, a secluded cabin in the woods. It is a terrifying chiller featuring death and corruption. How could such a harrowing story be told by the man she once loved? And why, after so long, has he sent her such a disturbing and personal message …?

What an odd book! It begins with a hijack and kidnapping, but then it peters out and, frankly, becomes boring.

There is a story within the main story, which makes the book multi-layered. However, it felt as though the author ran out of ideas. It would have been better to write one good story as opposed to two mediocre ones.

The story of Susan, Edward and Arnold (Susan’s second husband) didn’t really go anywhere. I really struggled to finish the second half of the book and, even though I did, I felt as though I had wasted my reading time. There was no satisfactory conclusion to either story. Maybe the film will be better than the book?

Dorothy Flaxman 1/1

Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright
Atlantic Books 9781786490186 pbk Nov 2016

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