The Insect Farm

The Insect Farm

Book - 2015
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An eerie debut suspense novel that explores how little one man may know his own brother--and his own mind.

The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan's pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger's immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life.

Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother--and if he has so completely misjudged Roger's mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself?

The Insect Farm is a dramatic psychological thriller about the secrets we keep from those we love most, and the extent to which the people closest to us are also the most unknowable. In his astounding debut, Stuart Prebble guides us through haunting twists and jolting discoveries as a startling picture emerges: One of the Maguire brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2015.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316337366
0316337366
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm.

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4catsdogs
Jun 01, 2016

The book starts with a revolting description and then tells the reader how the book ends. Between that and the blurb on the front flap, I felt no need to read the book, especially as I felt sick from reading the prologue.

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anfieldfan
Sep 20, 2015

A seriously creepy book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Look forward to more from this author.

pj2thek Aug 21, 2015

good book. reminds me of "the girl on the train" not for the story line, but in the way it's narrated, how it really gets into the head of the main character. you'll not regret picking this up to read.

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