Author(s): Charles Frazier
The main lesson Luce had learned was that you couldn't count on anybody. In the lonesome beauty of the forest, across the far shore of the mountain lake from town, Luce acts as caretaker to an empty, decaying Lodge, a relic of holidaymakers a century before. Her days are long and peaceful, her nights filled with Nashville radio and yellow lights shimmering on the black water. A solitary life, and the perfect escape. Until the stranger children come. Bringing fire. And murder. And love.
'His best book to date ... Frazier's exquisitely efficient style is matched by some finely tuned suspense ... And the climactic pursuit through the darkened forest of the book's title proves to be gripping without ever descending into gothic melodrama.' - The Sunday Times
'Charles Frazier's third novel is as accomplished as his first two ... In anyone else's hands, this might turn out to be a gripping but ultimately forgettable thriller. Frazier, however, is a writer whose spare prose paradoxically oozes atmosphere - you can almost smell the verdant pine trees and hear the crack of the twigs underfoot ... Beneath the chilling, photogenic story, the writing remains beautiful.' - Independent
'Frazier's taut prose, superb sense of place and timing and suspense-inducing skills save this from being just another thriller.' - Daily Mail
'Its dazzling sentences are so meticulously constructed that you find yourself rereading them, trying to unpack their magic ... By the book's climactic scenes in the shadowy mountain forest that gives Nightwoods its title, the unhurried, poetic suspense is both difficult to bear and impossible to shake.' - Entertainment Weekly
'There's an almost rarefied atmosphere to this novel ... mostly the breathless delight comes from Frazier's poetic sensibility towards the brutality and beauty of nature. My advice on Nightwoods is to soak up the purity of Frazier's prose before Hollywood gets a look in.' - Sunday Telegraph
'Frazier expertly evokes the languor and menace of the North Carolina mountains, and his exquisitely efficient style is matched by finely tuned suspense - there is enough knife-play here to make Cormac McCarthy proud' - Sunday Times Culture
Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, and won the National Book Award in 1997. His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was published by Sceptre in 2007.