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THE GOLDEN CAGE by Camilla Läckberg


by Camilla Läckberg ; translated by Neil Smith

Pub Date: July 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-525-65797-2
Publisher: Knopf

Faye Adelheim has it all—a wealthy, handsome husband, an expensive home, and a beautiful little girl. But when her fairy-tale life fractures, how far will she go to exact revenge?

Läckberg, the mistress of Scandinavian noir, returns with a smart riff on women’s thrillers: This is Big Little Lies meets Gone Girl with some 9 to 5 tossed in for good measure. Having grown up in a small town, Faye independently makes her way to Stockholm changes her name, and eventually secures a spot in the prestigious Stockholm School of Economics, where she meets her best friend, Chris, and her future husband, Jack. While Jack builds his first business (virtually forgetting that Faye helped come up with the idea for the company), Faye abandons her studies to support them by waiting tables. She even signs a prenuptial agreement that guarantees her nothing, trusting in Jack’s love. Once married, Faye stays home, her career essentially dead, but Jack’s thrives, emboldening him to insult and degrade her. And while Jack’s business takes him on glamorous trips, Faye finds herself killing time and numbing her pain by drinking with the other women caught in golden cages. That is, until she discovers Jack's affair; their divorce leaves her practically penniless. Despite her pitiful predicament, Faye isn’t entirely without resources. Certainly, she has Chris, who's founded her own hair-care empire and become a wildly successful businesswoman. She also has rage, and she quickly channels that rage into her business acumen, developing a plan not only to take down Jack, but also to market a product to jilted woman (and isn’t that nearly all women?). Yet as Faye begins dismantling Jack’s life, Läckberg deftly teases the reader by dropping clues to Faye’s dark past. We can’t help but wonder if she’s done this before.

A deliciously inventive thriller brimming with sex, secrets, and scandal.