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Things Bright and Beautiful

Written by: Anbara Salam
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins

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Publisher's Summary

When Bea Hanlon follows her preacher husband, Max, to a remote island in the Pacific, she soon sees that their mission will bring anything but salvation.... 

Advent Island is a place beyond the reaches of Bea's most fitful imaginings. It's not just the rats and the hordes of mosquitoes and the weevils in the powdered milk. Past the confines of their stuffy little house, amidst the damp and the dust and the sweltering heat, rumours are spreading of devil chasers who roam the island on the hunt for evil spirits. And then there are the noises from the church at night. 

Yet, to the amusement of the locals and the bafflement of her husband, Bea gradually adapts to life on the island. But with the dreadful events heralded by the arrival of an unexpected, wildly irritating and always-humming house guest, Advent Island becomes a hostile place once again. And before long, trapped in the jungle and in the growing fever of her husband's insanity, Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom - and for her life.   


Independent debut of the summer. 

Stylist must-read books of 2018. 

Metro Best New Books by BME Authors.

©2018 Anbara Salam (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“An excellent, blackly funny debut...a novel whose growing environmental and psychological horrors you can feel crawling across your skin." (Daily Mail)  

"A claustrophobic compelling read that'll suck you into its heart of darkness.” (Independent

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  • 13-08-18

struggled to keep up

So what actually happens in this book? Lots of detail about the jungle was interesting. I struggled to follow this and was glad to get to the end