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The Shades

Fiction: Literary, Mystery
Unabridged   5 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/24/2018

The Shades

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412747
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412754


Spare and haunting, The Shades is a gripping mystery and profound study of a family in crisis.

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A year has passed since Catherine and Michael Hall lost their teenage daughter in a car accident, leaving them and their sixteen-year-old son, Rowan, reeling in the aftermath of the tragedy. After Rowan escapes to boarding school, Catherine withdraws from her life as a successful London gallerist to Hamdean, an apartment in a former manor, where she and Michael had hoped to spend their retirement. When Catherine meets a beguiling young woman who appears at the house claiming to have once lived there, she looks to her for meaningful connection. But as their relationship shifts to one of forbidding uncertainty, the mysteries of the past collide with the truth of the present.

With the psychological tension of Patricia Highsmith and the emotional complexity of Ian McEwan, The Shades raises questions about the inescapability of human nature and speaks to our deepest anxieties: the safety of those we love and the sanctuary of home.


“A dense, powerful novel. . . . [The Shades] is only Citkowitz’s second book . . . but it reads like the work of a writer with a much lengthier pedigree.” —Vogue

“When an intriguing young woman turns up at the family’s country house and strikes up a relationship with the family’s matriarch, Catherine, a mystery is set in motion, lending the firmly contemporary The Shades a quiet echo of such classic psychological thrillers as The Turn of the Screw and Rebecca.” —Vanity Fair

“This psychological thriller explores the mysteries surrounding a family still reeling from profound tragedy, and the terrifying uncertainty that meets their relocation in a distant country manor.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Spare, arresting, and emotionally precise. A thoroughly modern novel with a Gothic feel; a fully realized vision.” —Kirkus Starred

“[Citkowitz's] prose sparkles as she unpacks emotional wounds. . . . This compact family drama captures the thinly masked desperation of grief with an eerie undercurrent.” —Publishers Weekly

“With a deceptively light touch and an almost ethereal atmosphere, debut novelist Citkowitz delves deeply into themes of loss and grief, reality and illusion, and growth and stagnation. . . . [The Shades] is richly layered with meaning and allusions to myth and art that make it an engaging and rewarding read.” —Booklist

Author Bio

Evgenia Citkowitz was born in New York and educated in London and the United States. Her debut novella and short story collection, Ether, was a New York Times Editors' Choice. She lives in Los Angeles.