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The Clairvoyants: A Novel
通靈者
版本: 精裝352頁  2017 年 2 月 7 日  Henry Holt and Co出版
ISBN:978-1627797054
內容介紹

☆Amazon 2017年2月選書(Amazon Book of the Month Selection for Fiction)
☆Henry Holt 2017年倫敦書展主打小說
☆此書美國編輯Barbara Jones將會參加倫敦書展和各國編輯推薦這本書
☆《通靈者》這本小說像是《姊姊的守護者》的暗黑版本,整本小說讀起來陰鬱、讓人毛骨聳然。

瑪莎從小在大西洋海邊爺爺奶奶留下來的老房子長大,她個性沉穩,和狂野性格的妹妹黛兒截然不同。姐妹倆小時候對超自然現象非常感興趣,當時離家不遠的地方有一個通靈團體「海邊通靈者」,妹妹黛兒利用小朋友的好奇心,假裝她能夠通靈幫死掉親人親戚的小孩和亡魂溝通並收取費用。但不為人知的是其實姐姐瑪莎真的能通靈,她守著這個秘密一直不敢告訴任何人,她明白亡者的靈魂往往是在人們最猜想不到的地方現身,像是超級市場裡,靈魂其實是沒法透過通靈儀式呼喚出來或是找出來。

兩人長大後,妹妹黛兒精神狀況異常,特別是她上了高中之後。瑪莎幫父母下了痛苦的決定,把妹妹黛兒送進精神病院療養。如今瑪莎二十多歲,在美國紐約上州中部伊薩卡讀大學,心裡一直充滿著愧疚感,她總覺得她背叛了妹妹。沒想到大學生涯才開始幾個禮拜,黛兒無預警地出現在她家門前,瑪莎發誓這一次,她會收留她、並好好照顧她。

多年沒有看到鬼魂的瑪莎就在妹妹來訪後看到了髮上佈滿風雪的女子瑪麗,她穿著羽絨衣在瑪莎住處外頭樹旁在發抖著,只是當時紐約整個州都還沒到下雪的氣候,瑪麗似乎希望瑪莎能夠幫她找出殺害她的兇手……。瑪麗的離奇死亡事件很快的在伊薩卡傳了開來,大家人心惶惶。

同時間瑪莎在大學校園裡和年輕攝影系教授威廉陷入熱戀,但瑪莎不知道的是威廉是死者瑪麗的前男友,難道男友威廉和瑪麗的死亡有所關聯?

作者介紹

凱倫.布朗(Karen Brown)出生於康乃狄克州,已出版的書作,包括小說《The Longings of Wayward Girls》以及兩部短篇故事集—《Pins & Needles》與榮獲Prairie Schooner 書獎、《出版者週刊》(Publishers Weekly)2012年度最佳圖書的《Little Sinners and Other Stories》。她的作品曾刊載於《歐亨利文學獎選集》(O. Henry Prize Stories)、《美國最佳短篇故事》(Best American Short Stories)、紐約時報及《好管家》(Good Housekeeping)等各大文學期刊。作者現於南佛羅里達大學教授創意寫作及文學。

作者官網:
http://karenbrownbooks.com/

書評

The day Martha Mary first saw her aunt, her aunt had been dead for over a decade. Soon, more ghosts began to appear, at random, with silent pleading stares and unspoken needs, and Martha Mary grew to endure her talent (or curse). Despite learning from her grandfather’s journals that he possessed the same ability, Martha Mary decided it was best to pretend that the ghosts didn’t exist at all. When Martha Mary leaves home for college, she hopes to leave behind both the curse and her sister, Del, from whom she was inseparable until their parents placed her into a mental institution, two years before. But when she arrives at college, Martha Mary is dismayed to find missing-person signs for a young woman, Mary Rae. Months after Mary Rae’s disappearance, whether she is dead or alive remains a mystery—that is, to everyone except Martha Mary. She is drawn into the missing girl’s inner circle of friends and soon learns that she isn’t the only one with dark secrets to uncover. A master of intrigue, Brown (The Longings of Wayward Girls, 2013) has crafted a haunting mystery that will relentlessly push readers until the very end. —Booklist (starred review)

A nerve-racking, psychologically complex novel sure to haunt readers. —Booklist (starred review)

Psychological suspense that grabs readers from the start...complex and haunting. —Kirkus Reviews

A talent for evocative detail. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Pulls off a Steinbeck-ian trifecta (powerful realism, literary depth, and unpretentious storytelling). —New York Journal of Books

Pinpoints the essence of desire, sexual and otherwise. —St. Petersburg Times
"Brown takes her time drawing readers into the perspective of Martha Mary, a character who makes for the best kind of unreliable narrator . . . . A suspensefully ambiguous story, one where the twists aren’t so much shocking as harrowing confirmations of what the story’s been trying to say against our narrator’s will the whole time."―Romantic Times Book Review

"A complex, chilling ghost story. . . Compelling . . . Brown paces the plot deliberately, building dread in both the present and past time lines as she switches between them . . . A thrilling read."―Tampa Bay Times

“A master of intrigue, Brown has crafted a haunting mystery that will . . . push readers until the very end.”―Booklist (starred review)

“Weaves a complex narrative with a lyrical thread of memoires; [An] arresting, unsettling, and beautiful tale. Brown enchants and haunts by making the reader question every voice, every truth.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Gripping . . . . Brown’s novel is a riveting page-turner.”―Publishers Weekly

“Karen Brown deftly manages to make the occult ordinary and the strange familiar in this surprising and suspenseful novel.”―Lily Tuck, National Book Award-winning author of The News from Paraguay

“Karen Brown draws us effortlessly into the mysterious world of The Clairvoyants, where the line between the dead and the living falls away. An enchanting novel that will keep you turning pages!”―Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten

“Karen Brown's The Clairvoyants is an eerie and affecting dose of Gothic fiction. Martha Mary would've been right at home in a Shirley Jackson novel. Martha sees ghosts, and by the end of the twisting, quietly unnerving story, you will swear you do too.”―Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

“With an insightful and poetic voice, Karen Brown creates a mystical world filled with suspense, desire and lastly acceptance. Her sophomore novel, The Clairvoyants, simmers from beginning to end and will leave readers wondering if ghosts might be lingering just outside the door.”―Lori Roy, Edgar Award-winning author of Bent Road and Until She Comes Home

“The Clairvoyants is a deliciously modern classic ghost story, full of snowstorms and sly sisters and sorrowful, dangerous parties. Karen Brown has created a world in which the dead are as real as the living and the living cannot be trusted. I was haunted by my visit there and, like the ghosts that populate this taut and magnetic novel, I didn’t want to leave.”―Chloe Benjamin, author of The Anatomy of Dreams

“The Clairvoyants is a beautiful, spookily atmospheric, ridiculously accomplished novel. Karen Brown’s writing is so rich with detail, eroticism, and psychological insight that I really would read anything with her name on it―grocery list, instruction manual, casserole recipe, brilliant new novel.”―Christine Sneed, author of Paris, He Said