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Beautiful Animals

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/18/2017

Washington Post Notable Book

Beautiful Animals

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687148
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687155


Beautiful Animals is a new novel by the author of The Forgiven, about a Mediterranean vacation that takes a terrifying turn.

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On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.

In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.


"Campbell reads with a deep baritone voice that’s both enticing and easy to follow. His smooth delivery and light emphasis initially come across as neutral but, as the story progresses, he mimics the air of resentment and arrogance that reverberates through Naomi’s life."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Soaked in lush descriptions of the breathtaking Greek countryside, this brilliantly paced novel also visits the chasms built by class." —Booklist Starred Review

"Osborne is a startlingly good observer of privilege, noting the rites and rituals of the upper classes with unerring precision and an undercurrent of malice." —New York Times

Author Bio

Lawrence Osborne is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, and Hunters in the Dark, and of six books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes, Harper's, and other publications. He lives in Bangkok.