From Publishers Weekly
) solidifies his reputation as one of the best contemporary thriller writers around with this psychologically deep page-turner evoking the classic noir of Cornell Woolrich. Ivy Seidel, a struggling would-be writer paying the bills by working in a New York City bar, finds herself drawn into an unfamiliar world when she's offered the chance to teach writing at an upstate prison. The naïve teacher is startled to find that one of her students, convicted robber Vance Harrow, is actually more gifted than she is. Unable to believe that he could be both guilty and such a creative talent, Seidel begins to pick at the stray loose threads surrounding his case—despite Harrow's having pleaded guilty to the violent crime. Abrahams manages to make each individual step that his heroine takes into the twisted maze believable, even if it's clear that she's rapidly approaching a precipice that will threaten her life and her mental state. In 2005, Abrahams published his first children's novel, Down the Rabbit Hole
. (Apr.)Look for a q&a with Peter Abrahams in a forthcoming issue.
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Aspiring New York scribe Ivy Seidel has the right things on her reume--an MFA in creative writing and three summers at a writing workshop--but no published work. Drowning in rejection letters, she isn't sure whether she should identify herself as a writer or a waitress. Then, when a suddenly successful friend offers her his old job as a writing teacher, she seizes it as if it were a lifeline--even though she'll be teaching inmates at Dannemora Prison upstate. The brutality of the place terrifies her, but she is fascinated by her students. One inmate in particular, Vance Harrow, seems to have poetry in his soul. A remarkable story he writes in class leads her to investigate his old life in the outside world, trying to determine how much is truth and how much is fiction. Soon convinced that Harrow is innocent, Ivy embarks on a quest to clear his name, which leads her into a world where the danger is terribly real. Billed as "a novel of suspense," End of Story
is part thriller, part detective story. It's a slow build, relying more on psychological traps than harrowing escapes, but by the end, it's almost physically impossible to stop turning pages. Abrahams' prose, cool and vivid, keeps the focus exactly where it should be: on the story. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved