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Young and innocent, 15-year-old Katya Spivak strikes up a friendship with the silver haired, elegant, and much older Marcus Kidder. His life couldn’t be more different from her own drab, working class existence – or more enticing. His beautiful home, classical music and lavish gifts all serve to hide something far more sinister . . .

By degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes, and posing for Mr Kidder’s new painting isn’t the light-hearted endeavour it once was. What does he really want from her? And how far will he go to get it?


'The prose is taut, the insight shrewd and the violence vivid, but what lingers in the mind is the painful ambiguity of contemporary human interaction' New Statesman.
New Statesman
'A literary genius' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'Pure fairytale, a modern day Little Red Riding Hood in which Katya exacts her own revenge against the wolf... Oates has an indisputable ability to sustain ambient darkness and ominous unease' Guardian.
'Exceptional talent for the Gothic/thriller genre... the narrative tension becomes almost unbearable' TLS.