Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet

Tarantula

Thierry Jonquet

Just who is the spider and who is the prey? This brief noir thriller is more complicated than any web - and the constant switches between different times and between different narrators only pile on the confusion. Definitely not for the squeamish, but if you like Grand Guignol (and think Dr Phibes rather than Dr Jekyll) - go for it.

Extract

She hummed along in a throaty voice, stressing the low notes: 'Some day he'll come along the man I love .... ' Then she deliberately hit a wrong note, stopped playing, and span the stool round with a twist of her hips. She sat facing Richard, her thighs apart, her fists on her knees, in an attitude of obscene defiance.

Parallels
  • Complicity by Iain Banks
  • Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
  • The Salesman by Joseph O'Connor
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Violence
Explicit sexual content