Simon & Schuster, £7.99
The Bellwether Revivals, By Benjamin Wood
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 18 January 2013
This thrilling campus drama begins with the death of Eden Bellwether, a magnetic music scholar and the leader of a Cambridge University clique of undergraduates.
The story unravels backwards as Oscar, a working-class nurse and wide-eyed, Nick Carraway figure, is brought in as the outsider-witness after being befriended by another Bellweather –Eden's alluring sister, Iris, and becoming embroiled in the group's sinister "experimentations".
A heady, Costa-award shorlisted debut that hypnosises from the very start.
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