The Engagement

  • Title: The Engagement
  • Author: Chloe Hooper
  • ISBN: 9781416561620
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Engagement From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child s Book of True Crime a brilliant seductive and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal O The Oprah Magazine comes a dazzling intense and erotic
    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Child s Book of True Crime, a brilliant, seductive, and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal O, The Oprah Magazine , comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country.Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the handsome, well mannered heirFrom the author of the highly acclaimed A Child s Book of True Crime, a brilliant, seductive, and unnerving first novel of sexual betrayal O, The Oprah Magazine , comes a dazzling, intense, and erotic second novel set in an isolated mansion in the country.Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the handsome, well mannered heir of an Australian pastoral dynasty, at his country seat some hours from Melbourne Liese is English She s come to Australia to work at her uncle s real estate business and pay off her debts Alexander has been looking for a place in the city The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies and her financial problems Both players understand the rules Or so she thinks.Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion Here Liese senses a change in Alexander and realizes that a different game has begun.Chloe Hooper s riveting and provocative new novel is a psychological thriller for the modern age, an exploration of the snares of money and love and the dark side of erotic imagination A trap has been set, but how and why And for whom

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    About Chloe Hooper


    1. Chloe Hooper is an Australian author Her first novel, A Child s Book of True Crime 2002 , was short listed for the Orange Prize for Literature and was a New York Times Notable Book In 2005, she turned to reportage and the next year won a Walkley Award for her writing on the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island, an Aboriginal community off the north east coast of Australia The Tall Man Death and Life on Palm Island 2008 is a non fiction account of the 2004 Palm Island death in custody case.


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    1. I swallowed The Engagement whole, in one gulp: altogether it can't have taken me more than two hours to read this book. Although I probably over-use the word 'compelling', it's been quite a while since I've read something I felt I absolutely could not put down until I found out what would happen in the end, even if that meant not sleeping. Liese is an English girl in Australia, working for her uncle's estate agency. Here she meets Alexander, a wealthy, if somewhat weatherbeaten and often quite a [...]

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    2. psst, there is a real review nowblair has written an amazing review of this book and even though she liked it more than i did, reading her review made me like the book more just because i liked her review so much. and all of her reviews, honestly.i will probably review this, but for now - read hers and give it a million votes, because it is grand. okay, so now i will actually review this. but you should still give blair a lot of votes, because she liked this book a lot more than i did, and enthu [...]

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    3. With all the complaining I did in my status updates reading this book, you'd think I'd have given it a star and half and been done with it.No. This book gets four painstakingly earned stars from me. Never had a book worked so hard for my four stars.Put together the book is pretty awesome. You will never know how much it actually pains me to say this, because yes, at times I was shaking my head and screaming This is ridiculous! at my Kindle.But there you have it.I won't repeat the blurb, but I'll [...]

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    4. Liese Campbell is an English architect working in real estate trying to make ends meet, but she is in a financial crisis. Enters Alexander Colquhoun, the heir to a pastoral dynasty who is looking for a city apartment; or maybe something more. The two enter into an erotic game that includes sex for money. This leads to a weekend away in luxury, in what is known as the girlfriend experience. But is this just a fun game or is this a disaster waiting to happen?I’ve not read a book like this, at on [...]

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    5. Despite the hype about this book, I didn't enjoy it at all. I found the characters not only unattractive, but boring. I've read and enjoyed many books featuring unpleasant people, but the characters in "The Engagement" are so two-dimesnsional I couldn't get to know them. They left me cold - I felt no interest in trying to understand and explain them. This applies not only to Liese and Alexander, but to the minor characters as well.It's an unrealistic situation. It's confusing and difficult to fo [...]

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    6. To the undiscerning eye this couple may seem an ordinary pair, but behind that picket-fence lurks a very sordid affair. Melancholic and disturbing, a psychological tale that will unravel misjudgements and the reader put amidst a delirium and wonder at who is the concocter.The story has you feeling for the woman and sometimes pity for the man in this story, an example of reeling another soul into a trap, a deception, actors on a stage.A real stick with you tale, you will be musing over who is the [...]

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    7. What a bizarre little book. It's not every day I read a book with a naked woman on the cover, so I suppose I should have expected as much.Liese Campbell, feeling the tightening noose of debt, falls into a complicated relationship with Alexander Colquhoun, an attractive, somewhat awkward farmer who pays her for sex. She believes they are playing a game, so when he invites her for a weekend to his isolated farmhouse in the Australian outback, she accepts, thinking the money he offers will solve so [...]

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    8. 3 StarsThis was a very challenging book for me to rate as I vacillated between 2 stars and 4 stars from cover to cover. In the end the 2 star portions about evenly matched with the 4 star segments so by default I landed on the statistical mean of 3 stars. Part of the challenge was the length of the book. Just 197 pages long, was it a very short book or a very long short story? It felt like there just wasn't enough time and space to fully explore the characters and develop a powerful story. It wa [...]

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    9. Liese Campbell is a British woman in her 30s who lost her job as an architect due to the financial crisis and made her way out to Australia where she’s been working in Melbourne for her uncle’s real estate business. Most recently she’s been showing Alexander Colquhoun properties. Alexander is the heir of a pastoral dynasty in country Victoria near the Grampians and lately he’s been looking for a city crash pad.The luxury apartments Liese has been showing Alexander don’t seem to be to h [...]

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    10. This will be in the running for the worst novel I read all year. (Yes, it was almost as bad as The White Masai.) I read it because Hooper was an author with whom I was previously not familiar, and an earlier novel of hers had been nominated for the Orange Prize. I just searched the other 1 and 2 star reviews so that I could simply "like" someone's else's review and not have to write this, but no one else put into words what I thought; no one hated it in the way I did. It began with an intriguing [...]

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    11. Liese Campbell is going to stay with a man for the weekend. This is a man she knows and has sex witha man who pays her. "I've never been with a prostitute before, he said after our bondage session, as if apologising for the awkwardness. I've never been a prostitute before, I thought. The word itself seemed to make me one." What Liese imagines will be a dirty weekend quickly proves to be something more then that. Alexander is a different man then she thought and as the weekend progresses the atmo [...]

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    12. I did not enjoy this book. The back cover looked interesting enough but the story did not deliver for me. I did not really like either character very much. Liese Campbell is working for uncle's real estate business and soon after meeeting Alexander Calquhoun to show him around some property she was having sex with him each time he called and she showed him another property. Liese thought they were playing a game with her telling stories of her past exploits etc n(which were not true) but it look [...]

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    13. One of my all-time favourite non-fiction books is "The Tall Man" - so when I discovered its creator had written a book which was a similar plot to THAT WHICH SHALL NOT BE NAMED which I could hold up while reading and laud over the luddites, I was more than excited.I heard this great interview with Hooper about the book which made me want to read it even more - themonthly/engagemeUnfortunately, this book was surprisingly hard work. The premise was so dark and intriguing, and I love nothing more t [...]

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    14. Like the narrator, Liese, this book has you constantly on your toes, second-guessing what's real and what's not. Dark, constantly surprising, utterly creepy.As you can tell from the variety of reviews, this isn't for a casual reader looking for a fun story. Hooper is working hard at keeping you disoriented. This isn't an escape book or a romance. If you don't like reading books that make you uncomfortable, avoid this because that's one of its primary goals.Hooper's prose is strong, which is nece [...]

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    15. ARC courtesy of Scribner and Edelweiss. This book is not for me. Unfortunately I haven't read the blurb before requesting this, but it plainly states it's a "psychological thriller". I hate those, I hate thrillers and Gothic novels.I couldn't finish it. What the heroine goes through, her emotions, her unhappiness and uncertainty drive me insane. I picked up this book hoping for a fun read, but this is not it.The writing is very good as well as the editing. The author has a way of creating the sc [...]

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    16. goddamn it! when the last sentence of a book changes everything. a very claustrophobic story, such odd dynamic in the characters' exchanges and little games but who the hell was playing? are we dealing with an unreliable narrator or is this just a perplexing sexual roleplay? a discussion on female sexuality, liese's detachment and the self-conscious flatness of its characters is thrillingly exciting but utterly terrifying. "So this is how it ends: I would go howling into the dark night!"

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    17. What a mindfuck of a book.What a perfect, compelling, chilling, beautifully written and utterly believable mindfuck of a book.English girl, Liese, is working in her uncle’s real estate agency in Melbourne when she meets Alexander, an upperclass cattle farmer from Victoria’s western district, who is looking for a city residence. Liese seduces him on a whim and then takes the money he offers. The game commences: sex in ritzy properties for sale, with Liese taking his money each time. Alexander [...]

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    18. enjoyable two character thriller (classified by the library - it has a little gun on the spine: however there are no guns apart from ones used on a farm). An Englishwoman works for a relation's real estate business in Australia and starts a sexual relationship with one of the clients she shows around a house. He turns out to be rich and seems to like paying her for her time. On a trip to his family mansion she begins to feel trapped there: he has an ulterior motive. Using the tropes of romantic [...]

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    19. A truly bizaare book, I wasn't sure how to rate this novel. I don't want to give to much of the premise away, but pick certain details about it. This young woman has an affair w/ this man ( for money ), thus she is sorta of like a prostitute, but really want to pay off debts to Mr.Visa ( I thought that was a bit funny ). Well, he invites her to his home out in the bush ( country ) where I would think they are 25+ miles away from civilization. It seems he has 'kidnapped' her, but I thought their [...]

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    20. Well what can I say about this bookI am still completely comfused as to what the in the world was going on. What a very strange story line. Were they both just as mad as one another or what. And what about those letters was he really writing them?????? And why go to all that trouble of making out he is so in love with her and wanting to save her from herself by marrying her and then in the end only dump her and send her on her way. Is he twisted or what. I wished I hadn't of read this book I'm a [...]

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    21. What a great little gothic! I couldn't stop turning the pages. I wish that parts of the book had been more clearly stated, and that the ending had been longer, but this is a fun book with a lot to say about the essential horror of traditional roles and the games men and women play to make them work. I may come back and write more about this later because although the book is short, it was very thought provoking.

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    22. This book was kind of odd. It's literary fun fiction--a well-written psychological thriller, laden with symbolism and self-importance, about two rather strange people on an isolated farm in the Australian outback. Liese is an Englishwoman who is working for her uncle's real estate business in Australia, showing apartment buildings to Alexander Colquhoun, a prosperous farmer. On impulse, she takes off all her clothes and lies on a bed, and after they have sex, he offers her some money. She takes [...]

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    23. DripDrip goes the rusty tap, whose sounds implode in my highly sensitized brain. I look around and see skulls and rickety shapes dancing their strange dance, sucking and thriving on my fears. The sane part of me tries to bring a semblance of order to my half-crazed mind. 'It's the fucking light. It's playing with you'. Something flutters, a ray of hope. My soul spots a kindred and beckons it close. I can see it, yes there, right there. Comee closer.ue me But it stays mute lost in its vicious ple [...]

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    24. This was very well written and very clever, however I just wanted it to end. It was like watching a car accident in slow motion. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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    25. The bride in novels; it’s a rich line of investigation. The British cover of The Engagement features a woman in a wedding dress holding a dead swan (see image here: theasylum.wordpress/2013/0). It’s quite a good introduction to what could be seen as a depiction of Australian gothic in this narrative. (And a much better cover than the Australian version – see it here: blogsikey/liticism/2012/12/) The cover made me think of other bride stories – Miss Havisham of course, or The Bride Stripp [...]

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    26. It's rare to find a book this compelling with language that is so wedded to the occupation of the character. The crucible, in this instance, is an isolated farm with no mobile phone service and a landline that has gone dead. Our protagonist agonises over the mental stability of her oppressor who may also occupy the role of liberator. I loved the way the writer navigated across this ethical divide and the way the readers discovery of the antagonist's power unfolded in lockstep with the protagonis [...]

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    27. For full review see writenotereviews.wordpressI love an engrossing, goose-bumpy psychological thriller and The Engagement is without a doubt an excellent example. As I read I became entangled in the characters’ games, not knowing myself who was playing who. Was it a game all along and was Liese just going with it? Was Alexander a sociopath? Was Liese losing her grip on reality? Was Alexander? The blurring of reality and fiction was faultless. The ending left me with just as many questions – [...]

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    28. This book requires some degree of intellectual engagement.Therefore I cannot for the life of me think why this might be compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. Firstly, Cooper's book is LITERATURE, the other is incredibly awfully written trashy pulp. (If it's 'erotica' you are after, please try reading Anais Nin, who does it SO much better, maturer and classier than the 'rewritten' Twilight fanfic that bore no evidence of any intelligent or professional editing WHATsoever.) Secondly, this book has no [...]

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    29. Well it took me long enough to read this and I only got round to it because this year I am determined to obliterate my to be read list on Good Reads and The Engagement has been on my TBR since 6 Jan 2013. So a t least I've made some progress!So what does Chloe Hooper give us?After being made redundant from her job as an interior architect, Liese Campbell arrives in Australia to work at her uncles estate agency to earn money to clear her mounting debts. The job is tedious and uninspiring - that i [...]

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    30. Oh. My. Gosh. What did I just read?! For the first time ever, I have no idea what to say about a book. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this one. The term "mind freak" was on replay in my head as I read this story. If that was the author's intent, it was successful. Unfortunately, I was not able to get emotionally invested in this story."The Engagement" is about a seriously messed up girl named Liese. She is working at her uncle's estate agency, where she shows clients around to potential proper [...]

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