For Carla, February means the pressure of another birthday party for Nathan and his wealthy New York art world friends. She buys him a book about Kurt Schwitters, an artist he is thinking of collecting, but a chance encounter with a man in the bookstore changes everything. Patrick, an environmental filmmaker, challenges her relationship and her artistic ambition. In the wake of their fierce attraction, the unscrupulous world that has seduced Carla begins to unravel and the harder she tries to break free, the tighter Nathan’s grip becomes.
With its sharp sentences and luscious language, this seductive and psychological thriller is also a romantic romp in which to lose yourself.
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Notes and questions about The Shark Party
The Shark Party by Janet Colson
Published by Escalator Press, Wellington
11 November 2014