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The Engagement

The Engagement

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Chloe Hooper
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Publication date: 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Weight: 0.39 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

From Chloe Hooper, author of the phenomenal The Tall Man, comes a brilliant novel about sex and money.

The Engagement is a taut psychological thriller in which the deft blurring of reality and dark fantasy rivals that of Luis Bunuel's classic Belle de Jour. Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the well-mannered heir of a pastoral dynasty, at his property in western Victoria. Liese, an English architect in flight from the financial crisis, now works at her uncle's real-estate business in Melbourne. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies - and helps pay her debts. It's a game. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.

This gripping, provocative new novel by one of Australia's finest writers is a psychological thriller for the modern age, one which explores the snares of money and love, and the dark side of erotic imagination. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom?