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“Amelia Gray is a sharpshooter, precise and deadly. THREATS lures the reader with its poetic sensibilities and then subverts every expectation. Before long, there will be statues of Gray in various corners of the literary world.” ―Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married
“Reading Amelia Gray is like a pyramid of rocks being built on a cloud. That's to say, it's something fantastical, dreamlike, playful, and very dangerous. You will be amazed at what this writer can do.” ―Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes
“The first time I encountered Amelia Gray's fiction, it slugged me in the jaw. The second time too, and the third. Said jaw-slugging has ensued nearly every time I've read something of hers, except for when instead it whispered sad and surprising but undeniable truths about the difficulty of intimacy and sense in the wretched blastoscape of modern life. And then it made me a grilled cheese sandwich to prove that the world can be a kind place, and it waited until I had sated myself and wiped away the crumbs before slugging me in the jaw again.” ―Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis
David's wife is dead. At least, he thinks she's dead. But he can't figure out what killed her or why she had to die, and his efforts to sort out what's happened have been interrupted by his discovery of a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden in strange places around his home―one buried in the sugar bag, another carved into the side of his television. These disturbing threats may be the best clues to his wife's death:
CURL UP ON MY LAP. LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL.
Detective Chico is also on the case, and is intent on asking David questions he doesn't know the answers to and introducing him to people who don't appear to have David's or his wife's best interests in mind. With no one to trust, David is forced to rely on his own memories and faculties―but they too are proving unreliable.
In THREATS, Amelia Gray builds a world that is bizarre yet familiar, violent yet tender. It is an electrifying story of love and loss that grabs you on the first page and never loosens its grip.
I really really loved Gutshot so I picked this up too. And I was disappointed. This isn't a novel. It's just hodgepodge.Published 5 months ago by KRW1988
Absolute garbage. Not only is there NO plot, no development, no insights about the human mind or the world in general, but there is no poetry & no mystery either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by White Rabbit
I don't understand this book, but I want to. Read it for the poetics and the feeling it leaves you, not for a coherent storyline or a definitive ending because there is one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Abbott
Not even remotely worth it. The prose is beautiful and atmospheric, but the lack of resolution is unforgivable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by stoprobbers
Everything that has been said about the book lacking structure and resolution is true. Approach it the same way you would if you were a student and someone assigned you something... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elijah
I like how it was written and the oddness and mild creepiness, however I mostly wish I had not read the whole thing, as it does not actually complete, provide any results or... Read morePublished 14 months ago by bonnie witte
A total waste of time. Wish I had quit reading the book early on but kept expecting something to make sense.Published 15 months ago by Sharon A. Aspinall
I really wanted to like the book. I waited a week or so to get it from the library and was happy when it was my turn to have the book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
The reviewers who want clarity, resolution, and perfect plot are missing the point. I suggest they stick with their usual detective novels or romance stories, or, better yet,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Keele