The Puppet Show

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Michael Turner is about to make a big mistake. Having struggled for years to escape the demons of his childhood – an orphan lost in a maze of institutions and foster homes – he is finally happy. Now in his early twenties, he has a loving fiancée and is taking the first steps in a promising legal career. And then he meets Max.

The father figure that Michael has always craved, Max strides into Michael’s life, realising all the childhood dreams that have lain dormant for so many years. But dreams come with a price. Despite his supportive exterior, Max is plagued by his own demons and is a violently skilled manipulator when it comes to getting exactly what he wants from everyone around him. As Michael’s fears and vulnerabilities begin to push everyone else away, Max sets to work . . .


Praise for The Puppet Show

‘A highly successful thriller: a page-turner, certainly, but also original, well-constructed and intelligent’ – The Spectator

‘As dark psychological thrillers go, this is dark . . . A good read’ – Maxim

‘A mesmerising narrative, plainly but urgently told. Redmond’s particular talent lies in the book’s careful structure, its plotting and steadily accelerating pace – and in the psychological veracity that made the previous book a stunner. An excellent novel’ – Tangled Web

‘His principal gift, as in The Wishing Game, is an effortless grasp of narrative texture, and multiple levels of sympathetic insight into his brilliantly drawn characters’ –Crime Time