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A pregnant woman is assaulted Three years later, she is struggling with living in London and afraid to go out alone For a fresh start, she takes a job teaching creative writing at a university in the remote English countryside During her course, a male student writes disturbing stories that blur the line between fiction and reality.The unnamed narrator is a woman who struggles with life after an assault The assault colors her view of the world, and eventually leads her to move away from Lond A pregnant woman is assaulted Three years later, she is struggling with living in London and afraid to go out alone For a fresh start, she takes a job teaching creative writing at a university in the remote English countryside During her course, a male student writes disturbing stories that blur the line between fiction and reality.The unnamed narrator is a woman who struggles with life after an assault The assault colors her view of the world, and eventually leads her to move away from London Her husband chooses to stay in London for his work, so they attempt to maintain a long distance relationship, spending time together on holidays and occasional weekends She move to the countryside with her son and starts a new job that proves to bechallenging than anticipated The new job has a higher workload than she agreed to, and no guidance Add in the loneliness of not having her husband around and the struggles of being the mother of a toddler, the narrator is stressed and exhausted The character development is well done, and provides an insightful look into challenges of being a woman.The narrator s life is stressful enough, and when a male student writes disturbing stories, she starts to feel unsafe The suspense builds slowly in this atmospheric novel A good read for fans of literary crime fiction Slow burning, dark, and unsettling Beautifully told, thought provoking, and DEEPLY unsettling. @FREE ä The Body Lies: ‘A propulsive #Metoo thriller’ GUARDIAN ⚨ A dark, thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Longbourn a work of riveting suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world or in the pages of a book when the stakes are dangerously high What if you realised the subject your student is studying is youWhen a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she s desperate to forget But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing groupWhen a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as a main character in his book and he has written her a horrible fateWill she be able to stop life imitating art before it s too late At once a breathless cat and mouse game and a layered exploration of violence against women in art, The Body Lies is an essential book for our times The Body Lies by Jo Baker was a compelling, tense and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed right from the start When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she s desperate to forget But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and The Body Lies by Jo Baker was a compelling, tense and suspenseful thriller that I enjoyed right from the start When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she s desperate to forget But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book and he has written her a horrific fate I really did find this author s style of writing a breath of fresh air, there were so many different variations of writing within the story The short stories we were privy to of the students work were so different to each other, they themselves were as entertaining as the book itself I enjoyed how the multi layered story was set out, with occasional witness statements and in particular, chapters of one of the character s novel which was crucial to the suspense of the plot I also thought it was ingenious how the title of the book was incorporated into sections of the story, which were literary and atmospheric Above the canopy, the sky is clear, the moon stands full An owl scuds across the meadow, drops to kill a vole In the shadow of the beech tree, there is stillness, not a breath The body lies Including the exploration of sexual politics in the thriller and the timely theme of how men see women in the world, it really was a powerful, gripping and very modern book, for a very modern world The fact that the main female protagonist has no name in the story reflects how she represents all women and was a very clever idea It s difficult to write much about this story without giving too much away, suffice to say I was totally hooked and although some of the characters are totally flawed and unlikeable, they are addictive and you want to follow each of their journey s through to the end There are a couple of unsettling scenes but they were appropriate to the story and really enhanced the powerful message of the book and along with a tense and suspenseful denouement this really is an immensely entertaining novel.I d happily recommend The Body Lies and I wish Jo the very best with this excellently written and well thought out piece of modern literary fiction.5 stars Despite not fitting neatly into the mystery thriller genre, The Body Lies is one of the most tense, terrifying things I ve ever read It follows an unnamed narrator a normally irritating, overused convention, which is employed here with actual purpose who takes up a teaching position somewhere in the north of England following a violent assault in London While at the university, she awkwardly attempts to mediate heated discussions on gender politics in her MA writing course, while receiving Despite not fitting neatly into the mystery thriller genre, The Body Lies is one of the most tense, terrifying things I ve ever read It follows an unnamed narrator a normally irritating, overused convention, which is employed here with actual purpose who takes up a teaching position somewhere in the north of England following a violent assault in London While at the university, she awkwardly attempts to mediate heated discussions on gender politics in her MA writing course, while receiving increasingly disturbing submissions from one of her students.The Body Lies has a meta element that s almost tongue in cheek one of her students criticizes another for writing a detective novel which opens with the discovery of a dead girl, while Baker s novel also opens with a dead female body But this book is a series of subverted tropes, of self conscious commentary on these common, taken for granted elements that comprise so many thrillers It s a razor sharp commentary and a compelling story all in one What also sets it apart from the genre is that the identity of the dead girl never really feels like the point For the first time probably ever reading a thriller, I cared less about the mystery andabout the safety and the sanity of the protagonist, whose experiences as a woman in academia are all chillingly relatable This book isn t the type of terrifying where there s a serial killer lurking in the corner it s the sort of terrifying that hones in on the disturbing, oddly normalized commonalities of womanhood that are too easily accepted I raced through this, not because I was intent on getting to the bottom of the mystery, but because of the increasing sense of crushing dread that I couldn t escape every time I attempted to step away from this book If I have to nitpick, I d say the ending was let down by a too long resolution which insisted on wrapping up every minor subplot in a neat bow, which is probably my least favorite way to end a novel, but I loved everything else about this, and I think it s one of the smartest, most unsettling things I ve read in a long time, that I d encourage literary readers and genre readers alike to pick up Many thanks to Knopf Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewEdit temporary dnf I m so bored plus there are a ton of other books that I have audio for and that I minterested in Bye for now Me eats gluten Body ALERT BACTERIA DESTROYYYMe It s just breadBody No IT S BACTERIAAAAAAAAA Me LLLLLLLIAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram Many thanks to Knopf Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewEdit temporary dnf I m so bored plus there are a ton of other books that I have audio for and that I minterested in Bye for now Me eats gluten Body ALERT BACTERIA DESTROYYYMe It s just breadBody No IT S BACTERIAAAAAAAAA Me LLLLLLLIAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I was hooked on this book from page one sinking into it like a knife into butter The premise is galvanizing a thirty something woman takes a position as a creative writing professor in the rural English countryside on the heels of a violent assault She is assigned six students, including the immensely talented and mercurial Nicholas Baker, whose work he claims is always based on truth Yet the truth begins to get darker and darker particularly after the first person narrator begins to I was hooked on this book from page one sinking into it like a knife into butter The premise is galvanizing a thirty something woman takes a position as a creative writing professor in the rural English countryside on the heels of a violent assault She is assigned six students, including the immensely talented and mercurial Nicholas Baker, whose work he claims is always based on truth Yet the truth begins to get darker and darker particularly after the first person narrator begins to recognize herself as a main player in his bookThe theme is riveting the fear of being caught up in someone else s story of being written by someone else the fear of having no say in who I was at all Without being cloying or overpowering, essential questions are raised here how can a woman claim her authentic voice, especially after assault, when she feels compelled to say yes instead of no at the workplace, when she forced to upset her work life balance, when her very life becomes fodder for a volatile student s sick writings Jo Baker does a masterful job of capturing her narrator s state of mind as well as the often ridiculous politics of a university setting for example, student writers must issue trigger warnings in case something they write upsets someone else I was well on my way to a glowing five star rating But about two thirds through the book, the author deviates from her premise in favor of acinematic ending Suddenly the narrator makes a few choices that are inconsistent with the character we ve come to know Her sympathies with Nicholas belie her own carefully crafted sense of self protection, particularly since she is also caring for her three year old son Ultimately, we get action scenes that would play well in the movies but discredit the nuanced psychological suspense we ve come to expect and also veer wildly from the book s theme My verdict the first two thirds of the book contain 5 star writing The last third only 3 star I ll clock in at 4 The book is described as suspenseful and thrilling It s not.The story is plodding, with not much happening until the end And even that end isunsurprising than exciting.Our characters are smug and insufferable and they spend the book doing smug and insufferable things all with an overlay of complete arrogance.Our main character has an oddly fatalistic viewpoint Since things are going to happen to her anyway, she simply lets things happen Including a very odd sex scene which she hints The book is described as suspenseful and thrilling It s not.The story is plodding, with not much happening until the end And even that end isunsurprising than exciting.Our characters are smug and insufferable and they spend the book doing smug and insufferable things all with an overlay of complete arrogance.Our main character has an oddly fatalistic viewpoint Since things are going to happen to her anyway, she simply lets things happen Including a very odd sex scene which she hints is rape, but maybe not Because it was going to happen anyway and the whole encounter bored her I do think the author has some talent She has a way with words and can definitely impart atmosphere But the plot and characters left me cold The Body Lies starts with the assault of a thirty year old pregnant unnamed woman and this assault colors her life in the next years Three years after she has her baby, she takes a job as a professor in rural England university, living apart from her partner husband Mark, seeing him only on holidays and some weekends Immediately the Creative Writing department, which should have had two experienced mentors, is down to just her and her boss is piling onwork constantly With a three year o The Body Lies starts with the assault of a thirty year old pregnant unnamed woman and this assault colors her life in the next years Three years after she has her baby, she takes a job as a professor in rural England university, living apart from her partner husband Mark, seeing him only on holidays and some weekends Immediately the Creative Writing department, which should have had two experienced mentors, is down to just her and her boss is piling onwork constantly With a three year old toddler to raise, way too much work for one person to accomplish, and the feeling of loneliness that comes from moving to the country from the city, she is always tired, always behind, always frazzled and always aware that she could be attacked at any time, like she was attacked three years earlier The author chooses not to name our main character so I can only speak of her as she and her Into her masters writing class comes a very troubled young man, Nick According to Nick, the story he is writing must adhere to his rules and one of them is that whatever he writes must be true He writes of a young woman he loved, dying, his anguish and his time after her death We can see the parallels to his classmates and to his teacher Nick really is writing about what has happened in life although the way he sees things are not the way others see them Nick is obviously obsessed with our main character, something the woman does not need, especially with her jumpiness from her attack three years ago Nick pushes himself on the woman, she makes decisions that are not wise such as not reporting Nick as disturbed, of Nick having crossed a very wrong line, and then for not coming to classes There is a claustrophobic feel to the story, despite it taking place in the country Her boss is constantly inserting himself into her personal space, loading her with massive amounts of work that she isn t even trained to do, Nick is ever present in her thoughts even when he s not around and the parts of his story that he sends to her intimately detail what has happened between them although his view of what has happened aren t realityNick is a very troubled man I had such a feeling of dread throughout the book, Even when there were moments of friendship or of a possible budding romance, after her marriage goes sour, there is always a darkness lurking A huge bright spot in the story, for me, is little three year old Sammy I could read a story about Sammy every day Such a cute little one and he seemed so real to me, the light in her life and what kept her from giving in to the oppression she felt around her Thank you to Knopf Random House and Edelweiss for this ARC The beginning had me intrigued I loved the writing The beck is frozen into silence Snow falls It muffles the road, bundles up the houses, deepens the meadows, turns the river black by contrast It settles along the gray green twigs and branches of the beech wood, sifts like sugar to the hard earth below and dusts the young women curled there, her skin blue white, dark hair tumbled over her face She doesn t say a word she doesn t even shiver now Her breath comes thinly A deer, scrapi The beginning had me intrigued I loved the writing The beck is frozen into silence Snow falls It muffles the road, bundles up the houses, deepens the meadows, turns the river black by contrast It settles along the gray green twigs and branches of the beech wood, sifts like sugar to the hard earth below and dusts the young women curled there, her skin blue white, dark hair tumbled over her face She doesn t say a word she doesn t even shiver now Her breath comes thinly A deer, scraping at the snow for roots, stops and snuffs the air, and scents her, and turns to move silently from the place Above the canopy, the sky is clear, the moon stands full An owl scuds across the meadow, drops to kill a vole In the shadow of the beech tree, there is stillness, not a breath The body lies A young woman no name was assaulted while pregnant Luckily the baby and she were physically ok I was definitely engaged and curious about where the story was going,.but then I started to feel frustrated trying to keep track of all of the students and each of their stories and characteristics that the woman taught at a University in a small town She was their creative writing teacher Main students were Nicolas Palmer, Merlye E Sharratt,Karen, Steven, Tim, Richard Plus we meet the head of the department Christian Scaife Who assigns himself as her mentor , and many other staff members Mina and PatrickSimon Peters, Michael Lynch.plus another dozen characters.We knew the woman was on edge.still fearful from the attack She loved her toddler little boy, Sammy We think she cares for her partner, Mark, the man she lived with in London but I wasn t sure Mark stayed back in London he had his teaching job.while the the woman took a job further away She and Mark worked out an arrangement He came to visit on weekends and visited his little son, Sammy It doesn t take long to figure out that one of the students had something to do with the sexual assault that happened to the woman a few years back, before she came to teach at this university But there is still much mystery I found this book in parts GOOD yet disjointed with loose ends that never went anywherewith a boggled down feeling from too many students to keep track of Jo Baker does write beautiful sentences and engage our thoughts I apologize I just felt a little confused at times.Maybe other readers won t Little things made me laugh about the University rules Students could declare if they had mental issues or not For the students who did a yellow sticker was attached to their file However no teacher was allowed to find out any specifics about their students issues Around 40% of the creative writing students did declare having a mental health issue One particular student wrote heavy dark stories about grief and self destruction It s creepy enough that I didn t know what to make of him Or what he s up to.Too hard to writewithout spoilers I do like Jo Baker s work but this was a mixed bag Be clear I DID ENJOY much of it the unlikable flawed characters too.At the same time it s a book of only around 3 stars for me.Much thanks to Knopf Publishing and Jo Baker