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Publisher's Summary

The Secret History meets American Psycho in this superbly crafted novel. This magnetic book pulls you in its wake even as you resist its force. Sometimes you don't want to know what's next....

This book is an experiment. We're experimenting together. You are part of the experiment, if you'll agree to it. Normally I don't let my subjects choose to be subjects. If you know you're being watched, you cease to be you. But I want you to listen to this. I wrote it for you.

©2018 Leo Benedictus (P)2018 Faber & Faber

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating, disturbing and original thriller that erases the boundaries of the genre and draws challenging new ones." (Sophie Hannah)

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  • Kaggy
  • 06-11-18

Well written but I had to stop listening

My fault I suppose but I was hoping for something a bit more subtle when I chose this. Leo Benedictus is clearly a gifted writer but with this one he strays too much into gore and sadism for my taste.

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  • Susan Random
  • 27-04-18

Consent: Read Me

This isn't a novel for the faint hearted. An un-named male stalker interferes in management consultant Fran's professional and personal life with horrific consequences. Be warned - some sections are incredibly visceral to say the least. The author provides the listener/reader with believable characters, pace and understanding.

The narrator, Matthew Baynton, was sublime - his geeky tones really made the central character more sinister.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-18

Had me transfixed!

Narrated by the lovely Matthew Baynton - who knew he could sound so creepy? Finished the book in a day as I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Bookworm Mum
  • 31-08-18

Terrifying

To begin with, Mat Baynton’s narration seems oddly monotonous, but as you get to know the character it is perfectly suited.
I’ll admit to only having looked at this because of Mat but I’m so pleased that I did. It was not what I was expecting.
I really recommend this if you’ve found the blurb interesting, as it is that and so much more.

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  • Elaine Adu-Poku
  • 23-08-18

What a weird story

It ended really abruptly and left me feeling very uneasy.
I wouldn’t be able to describe it to someone else.

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  • Miss G. R. Prince
  • 04-06-20

Amazing book

This book is stunning. Beautifully and intelligently written. Dark and thought provoking. Creepy in the best way. Great read by the narrator too.

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  • alexandra
  • 14-08-18

Ending was shit, but the book is still worth it.

Amazing use if language, just hypnotic. The ending was very disappointing, I need a second book.

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  • Chrisi
  • 22-03-18

Too much!

Too much gruesome detail! I love a thriller, but really do not need a blow by blow ( or cut by cut ) account. Leave something to the imagination. The ending, however, was totally left to the imagination. What happened?

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  • Stephen Anderson
  • 21-03-18

Chilling Insight Into a Disturbed Protagonist

Would you listen to Consent again? Why?

Yes, the performance of the narrator Matthew Baynton is a perfect match for Leo Benedictus' excellent writing

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Protagonist. His name is never revealed, but you live inside his mind as he gets progressively creepier. I loved it because thankfully this is not normal for me to think the way he thinks, or to act the way he acts.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The meeting between the protagonist and Patrick

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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