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Publisher's Summary

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer and her day job as a secretary at the prison.
When the charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.
In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
©2015 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc
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Critic Reviews

"Fully lives up to the hype. A taut psychological thriller, rippled with comedy as black as a raven's wing, Eileen is effortlessly stylish and compelling." ( The Times)
"Excellent...a taut, well-written, and completely engrossing novel...culminating in a dynamite ending." ( Boston Globe)
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4 out of 5 stars
By ziiigggg on 03-19-17

Fantastic reader made this good, wouldve struggled otherwise

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this myself but wouldn't think its everyone cup of tea. Not much happens and it's basically a monologue of self loathing. Being rather misanthropic myself, I like a miserable story, but if yr looking for excitement fairies sunshine love and unicorns you wont find it here. Having said all that I think it would be better read than in audio format, but this reader made such a good job of maintaining interest and texture , she has made all the difference. The ending is weak tho, I felt let down by that. And we need to know more of Eileen's later life other than she got rich.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-27-18

Brilliant. And disturbing. And very repulsive.

Eileen is unpleasant. And no matter how well the book about Eileen is written (it is actually great), it does not appeal to me as a reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jane on 12-09-16

wow

Stunning, quiet, dark character study, reminiscent of the sublime Bernice Reubens. Love love love.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Cate on 06-04-18

Disturbing

I wish I hadn't read it. Writing was fine, narration was fine but the subject matter turned out to be awful. The author prepared us for something awful to happen but the twist was that it was even more awful than we imagined. I wish I hadn't read it, and I wish I could find a book about something other than depraved people doing awful things to each other.

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