Three years ago, Shelley's lover, Conrad, died in a surfing accident. Now, still in a state of subdued grief, Shelley has just moved into an old Victorian terrace in Paddington with David, her new partner, trying for a new beginning. At home one morning, Shelley discovers a door to a small intriguing room, which is not on the plans. There is a window, a fireplace and a beautiful chandelier. But nothing else.
When Shelley meets a man who seems to be Conrad's uncanny double, the mysterious room begins to dominate her world, becoming a focus for her secret fantasies and fears, offering an escape which also threatens to become a trap. A waking dream of a novel, Hold is spellbinding, sensual and unsettling.
Caroline Baum's Review
As she proved in The Legacy and A Common Loss, Kirsten Tranter loves to create a mood. She has real skill at the slow building malaise that suggests something is not quite right, charged with tension that is both erotic and unnameable.
In this novel her narrator, Shelley, has put her grief over the loss of her lover in a surfing accident behind her. She is now living with David and his teen daughter Janie. One day she discovers a secret room at the top of her house. The room seems to have an energy of its own and she finds herself increasingly drawn to it, lingering there with her own fantasies. Before long, the antique dealer who furnishes her with a sofa and lamp becomes her secret lover. But his seductions are not nearly as powerful as that of the room itself; intrigued, Shelley visits the strange neighbours to see how her room fits from their side and learns that they have a private grief.
Tranter teases the reader with enigmatic and elliptical elements to create an ambiance bordering on the gothic. It's like being tickled with a peacock feather.
About the Author
Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and studied at the University of Sydney. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kirsten’s first novel, The Legacy, was published to international critical acclaim in 2010. It was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Debut Novel of the year and was shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Indie Debut Fiction award, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Her second novel, A Common Loss, was released in 2012. Kirsten’s novels have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Polish.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st March 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3