Rob Brunner
March 02, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Threats

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Amelia Gray
publisher
FSG Originals
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

David’s wife is apparently dead, the victim of some inexplicable violence. Then the threats start to appear, little poetically menacing missives. ”CURL UP IN MY LAP,” one reads. ”LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL.” Mysteries abound in Threats, Amelia Gray’s intriguing debut novel. What killed David’s wife? Who’s behind the threats? Why has a weird therapist moved into his garage? But this is no thriller. Instead, it’s a surreal, darkly comic portrait of a man’s mental unraveling, all seen through David’s unstable gaze. B+

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