An eerie debut suspense novel that explores how little one man may know his own brother-and his own mind. The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan's pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger's immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life. Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother-and if he has so completely misjudged Roger's mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself? The Insect Farm is a dramatic psychological thriller about the secrets we keep from those we love most, and the extent to which the people closest to us are also the most unknowable. In his astounding debut, Stuart Prebble guides us through haunting twists and jolting discoveries as a startling picture emerges: One of the Maguire brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.
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by James Patterson, Mark Pearson
by Hari Kunzru
by Stuart Woods
"Narrator Rupert Degas reads this story of brotherly love in a dramatic tone. It's told from the point of view of a younger brother who has sacrificed everything for his older sibling. But which brother is really caring for the other? As the story reaches its climax and each brother's obsession has its unfortunate consequences, Degas's rapid-fire delivery ratchets up the suspense. Alas . . . as the author relates, we all end up as fodder for the insect farm. Degas's smart narration, combined with the eerie story, makes for a satisfying debut novel. Oh, and did we mention, Degas also includes a spot-on David Frost impression? R.W.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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