Beautiful Animals

A Novel

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The next novel from Lawrence Osborne, critically acclaimed author of Hunters in the Dark

On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man, 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 and his past, their own burgeoning friendship takes a darker turn, and when a murder occurs on the island, a private investigator arrives and forces them to determine where their true loyalties lie.

In this atmospheric masterpiece, Osborne returns to the themes that made The Forgiven his breakout novel: the class tensions between wealthy white Europeans and the natives and immigrants who serve them, and the way a violent incident can cause reverberations both psychic and cultural that lay bare our own hypocrisies.


Praise for Lawrence Osborne:

"A sinister and streamlined entertainment in the tradition of Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh, and the early Ian McEwan . . . surprising and dark and excellent." --New York Times

"Extraordinarily acute to human nature." –Akhil Sharma, Newsweek

"Slim but insistent . . . a vivid and feverish portrait of a soul in self-inflicted purgatorio." --Tom Shone, New York Times Book Review

"Osborne writes with weighty, aphoristic sentences . . . and is interested in superstition, and fate, and all things that are just beyond our control." --New Yorker

"A master of the high style." --The Guardian

Only to Sleep

* A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK 2018 * * A NPR Best Book of 2018 * * Nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award (Best Novel) * Lawrence Osborne brings… More

Beautiful Animals

"Let’s not mince words. This is a great book. Truly difficult to put down... sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking." – Lionel Shriver, Washington Post  "Startlingly good...Osborne has been described… More