'A claustrophobic compelling read that'll suck you into its heart of darkness' Independent
When Bea Hanlon follows her preacher husband Max to a remote island in the Pacific, she soon sees that their mission will bring anything but salvation...
Advent Island is a place beyond the reaches of Bea's most fitful imaginings. It's not just the rats and the hordes of mosquitos and the weevils in the powdered milk. Past the confines of their stuffy little house, amidst the damp and the dust and the sweltering heat, rumours are spreading of devil chasers who roam the island on the hunt for evil spirits. And then there are the noises from the church at night.
Yet, to the amusement of the locals and the bafflement of her husband, Bea gradually adapts to life on the island. But with the dreadful events heralded by the arrival of an unexpected, wildly irritating and always-humming house guest, Advent Island becomes a hostile place once again. And before long, trapped in the jungle and in the growing fever of her husband's insanity, Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom, and for her life.
'I was sucked into its dark beating heart and wasn't spat out until I'd turned the final page' Claire Fuller'
'Dark, mysterious, beguiling, and beautifully written. It transported me to a different world' Dolly Alderton
'An excellent, blackly funny debut ... a novel whose growing environmental and psychological horrors you can feel crawling across your skin' Daily Mail
***Independent debut of the summer***
***Stylist must-read books of 2018***
***Metro Best New Books by BME Authors***
Dark, mysterious, beguiling, and beautifully written. It transported me to a different world
This book is so rich in detail, the rainforest so immersive, and the characters so wonderfully odd, that I was sucked into its dark beating heart and wasn't spat out until I'd turned the final page
Darkly comic and thrilling
What a hot and sticky, feverishly Lord Of The Flies-style debut! The whole novel excels in rich detail - I wouldn't be surprised if English teachers use it as a masterclass in descriptive prose
A claustrophobic compelling read that'll suck you into its heart of darkness
The book abounds with lurid descriptive passages revelling in tropical ickiness ... competent and assured
Phenomenally disturbing . . . With consummate imagination and technical flair, Salam contrives a crescendo of queasiness that reaches a 'tumult of madness' and manages to make Somerset Maugham's 'Rain' seem like a picnic
An excellent, blackly funny debut ... a novel whose growing environmental and psychological horrors you can feel crawling across your skin
A vivid account . . . The island setting and the rainforest are compellingly evoked, along with the claustrophobic backdrop of religious mania and a dysfunctional marriage - an impressive debut
Thrilling . . . oozing with vivid descriptions and a deeply claustrophobic atmosphere, this debut is quite unlike anything else you'll read this year
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