The Turnglass : The Sunday Times Bestseller – turn the book, uncover the mystery


Gareth Rubin


THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Not just a book, but an experience – one in which twists and turns are both on the page and in the very act of reading itself. Two haunting narratives conspire to create a dark, menacing tale that spans half a century of secrets as they echo back and forth – all while the sand slowly drains away . .

. This is a story about stories and their perspectives, the passage of time and the slow march of the inevitable. Vivid, resonant, melancholy and beautiful’ Janice Hallett ‘A stunning, ingenious, truly immersive mystery.

The Turnglass is a thrilling delight’ Chris Whitaker Stuart Turton meets The Magpie Murders in this immersive and unique story for fans of clever crime fiction. 1880s England. On the bleak island of Ray, off the Essex coast, an idealistic young doctor, Simeon Lee, is called from London to treat his cousin, Parson Oliver Hawes, who is dying.

Parson Hawes, who lives in the only house on the island – Turnglass House – believes he is being poisoned. And he points the finger at his sister-in-law, Florence. Florence was declared insane after killing Oliver’s brother in a jealous rage and is now kept in a glass-walled apartment in Oliver’s library.

And the secret to how she came to be there is found in Oliver’s tete-beche journal, where one side tells a very different story from the other. 1930s California. Celebrated author Oliver Tooke, the son of the state governor, is found dead in his writing hut off the coast of the family residence, Turnglass House.

His friend Ken Kourian doesn’t believe that Oliver would take his own life. His investigations lead him to the mysterious kidnapping of Oliver’s brother when they were children, and the subsequent secret incarceration of his mother, Florence, in an asylum. But to discover the truth, Ken must decipher clues hidden in Oliver’s final book, a tete-beche novel – which is about a young doctor called Simeon Lee .

. . PRAISE FOR THE TURNGLASS: ‘Rubin has pulled off the difficult trick of writing an ambitious novel that is also an easy, enjoyable read’ The Times, Crime Book of the Month ‘An intricate and thoroughly mesmerising tale of family plots and schemes across several generations’ Guardian ‘Your initial amazement at his ingenuity comes to sit alongside an appreciation of the heart and depth he brings to his stories.

A risky idea, beautifully executed’The Telegraph ‘If immersive fiction is for you, you’ll adore this tete-beche novel . . .

Expect two very different stories that magically come together’ Belfast Telegraph ‘Wildly clever and evocative, I adored it’ Angela Clarke


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