A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage

By Elizabeth Brundage

By the acclaimed novelist of All issues stop to Appear

“An severe, provocative thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Hedda Chase is a top-flight govt manufacturer at Gladiator movies, fast-tracked within the company seeing that she graduated from Yale. An competitive businesswoman, she lately pulled the plug on a movie venture initiated via one in every of her predecessors. The screenwriter at the venture was once Hugh Waters, a wannabe with a dead-end marriage and an afternoon activity at an assurance corporation. This script used to be his price tag out-until Hedda tampered along with his plans, claiming his violence was once excessive, his premise now not credible, and his finishing incredible. Hugh makes a decision to turn out in a different way by means of staging his script’s finishing and casting Hedda Chase because the sufferer. He flies to la and unearths Hedda, kidnaps her, and locks her within the trunk of her classic BMW within the car parking zone at LAX. He leaves the keys within the ignition, the parking price ticket at the sprint, and shall we “destiny” take its course.

This is the set-up for a troubling, shrewdpermanent, lethal examine girls and photographs of ladies, at media as a high-stakes video game and the promoting of a battle as theatre. Brundage’s l. a. is an off-the-cuff battleground that trades carelessly in lives and goals. As regularly, her characters are advanced, stunning, and extreme during this excessive speed, provocative novel.

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Hugh put the postcard into his pocket. They sat there a moment, drinking. There was the possibility that she’d show up, he thought, although it seemed unlikely. The car was gone; someone had taken it. ” Hugh asked. “I don’t really know. ” “Disappears for a few days. Usually means she’s pissed off. Mature, huh? Probably gone off to Sparta for a few days to brush up on her ashtanga. ” “Her boss. ” “In Beverly Hills,” Hugh managed to lie. “At the Hilton. I live in New York,” he emphasized. ” “Ah,” Tom said.

The boyfriend’s jeep was parked in the garage. Chase’s car was nowhere in sight. Hugh deliberated his options. It was possible that she was there—that perhaps the car had been left somewhere. Perhaps she hadn’t been able to drive, he thought. He pictured her tucked into bed, recovering from her ordeal, a cup of tea at her side. The boyfriend on the phone with the police. And yet her bedroom was dark. It seemed unlikely that she was there. ” the man said from behind the door. “I must have the wrong address,” Hugh said.

It wasn’t something he liked to think about. He’d never told anyone. Sometimes it came back to him and he had to try to shut it out. It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t fair some of the things you had to deal with in life, things you didn’t ask for. Through the open window, he could hear people on the street, a drunken crowd outside of a bar. A car alarm went off. He got out of bed to have a look. The men outside the bar had begun to fight, one man shoving the other against the car. A helicopter erupted overhead and they scattered.

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