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Now You See Him: A Novelby Eli Gottlieb
I read it for an hour at lunch and then finished it the same night right after dinner, when I heated up leftovers so I wouldn't have to spend time away from this book. A beautiful, lyrical, almost surgically delicate dissection of a marriage.
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The deaths of Rob Castor and his girlfriend begin a wrenching and enthrallingly suspenseful story that mines the explosive terrains of love and paternity, marriage and its delicate intricacies, family secrets and how they fester over time, and ultimately the true nature of loyalty and trust, friendship and envy, deception and manipulation.
As the media takes hold of this sensational crime, a series of unexpected revelations unleashes hidden truths in the lives of those closest to Rob. At the center of this driving narrative is Rob's childhood best friend, Nick Framingham, whose ten-year marriage to his college sweetheart is faltering. Shocked by Rob's death, Nick begins to reevaluate his own life and his past, and as he does so, a fault line opens up beneath him, leading him all the way to the novel's startling conclusion.
In this ambitious and thrilling novel, award-winning author Eli Gottlieb — with extraordinarily luxuriant and evocative prose — takes us deep into the human psyche, where the most profound of secrets are kept.
"A mesmerizing blend of suspense and long-buried family secrets, Gottlieb's second novel (after 1997's The Boy Who Went Away) culminates in shocking revelations that rock a quiet upstate New York town. Nick Framingham is still reeling from the recent death of his childhood best friend, the writer Rob Castor, who committed suicide after killing his ex-girlfriend in Manhattan. Nick's own marriage to his college sweetheart, Lucy, begins to unravel as he struggles to understand what drove Rob to murder. Rekindling an old relationship with his first love, Belinda, Rob's volatile and beautiful sister, Nick begins to retrace not only Rob's last days but also their shared childhood, looking for clues to explain his friend's actions. Gottlieb skillfully ratchets up the suspense by doling out the details of Rob's death in bits and pieces, until everything falls into place in a startling conclusion that will rattle even the genre's most experienced readers. With his pitch-perfect dialogue and flawed yet empathetic characters, Gottlieb's sophomore effort should win him widespread recognition." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The premise...is irresistible to anyone even slightly acquainted with the frustrations of writer's block....[A] heartfelt picture of enduring friendship and inconsolable, debilitating grief, even if that grief is complicated by jaw-dropping revelations as the novel draws to a close." Danielle Trussoni, The New York Times Book Review
"Suspenseful novels usually carry secrets, but few do so with the literary grace and intensity of Now You See Him....
"With characters so uniquely drawn and a story so perfectly paced, Now You See Him is more than engrossing — it is totally consuming....Everything about his sophomore effort is brilliant; there is simply nothing wrong with this book." BookReporter.com
"Those 'volatile contents' provide the novel's thrills, but Gottlieb goes further, muddling the lines between family and friend, right and wrong, and love and obsession, proving that even the most droll character may covet a secret life." Booklist
"Sensational revelations arrive too late to enliven a smoothly written but sluggish and morose tale." Kirkus Reviews
The murder/suicide of celebrated writer Rob Castor and his girlfriend begins a wrenching and enthrallingly suspenseful story that mines the explosive terrains of love and paternity, marriage and family secrets, in this ambitious and thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the human psyche.
About the Author
Eli Gottlieb's The Boy Who Went Away won the prestigious Rome Prize and the 1998 McKitterick Prize from the British Society of Authors. It also received extraordinary notices and was a New York Times Notable book. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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