The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis
Brand new book by legendary author, Bret Easton Ellis, the mind behind American Psycho!
The Sunday Times Bestseller
‘A full-spectrum triumph’ Guardian
The Shards is a truly wonderful novel, a book that reminded me of his friend Donna Tartt’s The Secret History but which also summons the brilliance and beauty of his own debut. – Spectator
Buckley College in heat. 17-year-old Bret is a senior at the exclusive Buckley prep school when a new student arrives with a mysterious past.
Robert Mallory is bright, handsome, charismatic, and shielding a secret from Bret and his friends, even as he becomes a part of their tightly knit circle.
Bret’s obsession with Mallory is equalled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with The Trawler. A serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence.
Can he trust his friends – or his own mind – to make sense of the danger they appear to be in?
Thwarted by the world and by his own innate desires, buffeted by unhealthy fixations. Bret spirals into paranoia and isolation as the relationship between The Trawler and Robert Mallory hurtles inexorably toward a collision.
Gripping, sly, suspenseful, deeply haunting and often darkly funny. Following, The Shards is a mesmerizing fusing of fact and fiction that brilliantly explores the emotional fabric of Bret’s life at 17 – sex and jealousy, obsession and murderous rage.
Get the sensational new novel from the bestselling author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho that tracks a group of privileged Los Angeles high school friends as a serial killer strikes across the city. His first novel in 13 years, The Shards is Bret Easton Ellis at his inimitable best. LA, 1981.
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