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"Cleverly unraveling, linguistically brilliant, and limning the limits of reality, [Death in Her Hands] will speak to fans of literary psychological suspense." (Booklist)

"An eerie and affecting satire of the detective novel." (Kirkus, starred review)

"No one’s work inspires better discussion than Ottessa Moshfegh’s. It seems that for every person who loves her work, there’s someone who completely disagrees - which is, in my opinion, one of the best things about reading. Her latest is a sinister tale of an elderly widow who finds a distressing note pinned to a tree near her new neighborhood." (BookPage)

あらすじ・解説

"[An] intricate and unsettling new novel.... Death in Her Hands is not a murder mystery, nor is it really a story about self-deception or the perils of escapism. Rather, it's a haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art." (Kevin Power, The New Yorker)

From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds an ominous note on a walk in the woods.

While on her daily walk with her dog in a secluded woods, a woman comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground by stones. "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." But there is no dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, alone after the death of her husband, and she knows no one.

Becoming obsessed with solving this mystery, our narrator imagines who Magda was and how she met her fate. With very little to go on, she invents a list of murder suspects and possible motives for the crime. Oddly, her suppositions begin to find correspondences in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to fade into menacing certainty. As her investigation widens, strange dissonances accrue, perhaps associated with the darkness in her own past; we must face the prospect that there is either an innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one.

A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both reflect the truth and keep us blind to it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well-earned, and the stakes have never been higher.

©2020 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Nicole Dreyfus
  • 2020/06/24

Omg get ON with it

I was intrigued by the description of this book and the rave reviews. It’s like listening to a doddering, elderly relative rattle on about N O T H I N G. Such an interesting premise...I’m still listening, and maybe it’ll get better. But I think I’ve already figured it out. Thus far, though: meh

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia
  • 2020/06/27

overrated

WAY overrated!! Just idiotic free association, wandering babble. Who reviewed this so highly. Time wasted.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Clayton
  • 2020/07/18

Disappointed

I’m a huge fan of “My Year or Rest and Relaxation”. I was so excited to read/listen to this book. No offense to this woman, but the shaky voice is beyond annoying. I love Ottessa Moshfegh’s work, but this is pretty bad. I understand what she was going for, but it did not work for me. Looking forward to her next book!

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Craig macDonald
  • 2020/07/11

Readers

please hire readers who just read - its off-putting to be spoken down to like I'm a child.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Em
  • 2020/06/26

Misleading summary

I’m not sure who wrote the publisher summary but it would appear they haven’t read the book.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • pen name
  • 2020/06/24

it is a loser for me

this is not my type of book. but I gave it a try. thought it was a story about a mystery.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Zinn Adeline
  • 2020/07/08

Sooooo good!

Outstanding writer puts out another great book. And great performance too. Read all of her!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cher Vues
  • 2020/06/27

Loved it.

Absolutely different and fresh. I loved being privy to the main character's thoughts. The narrator made a very believable little old lady. It's time for me to listen to this book again, and I just finished it this morning.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jarod K. Anderson
  • 2021/02/24

Vivid, but meandering

A descent into madness following an unreliable narrator as she navigates fantasies of murder mystery as a way to address her anger toward her abusive late husband. A rich character study, but a bit of a slog. Felt cartoonish in its portrayal of mental illness.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/10/18

Does anyone enjoy listening to a cranky old biddy?

I alternated reading this book in hardback, and listening to it on audible. I had to give up on the audible version because listening to a cranky old lady’s voice really drove me nuts. The reader did a wonderful job, this is no reflection on her: however, hearing the character’s complaints, judging, snarkiness aloud was just unbearable for me.