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Natural History [Kindle Edition]

Neil Cross
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Strange things are happening in Monkeyland, the ailing Devonshire sanctuary that Patrick and his zoologist wife, Jane, took on in a bid to save their marriage. Their oldest female primate, the wise and gentle Rue, is found murdered in a corner of the compound. And a big, panther-like cat, preys around the park. It evades capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind. Private, threatening, elusive.
With Patrick's son, Charlie, having left Monkeyland in disgrace, his wife on a field trip in Zaire and Jo avidly tracking the progress of the comet Hale Bopp with her tutor, Patrick is left alone with his black cat and his fears. Until one night something happens that is so shocking, so deplorable, that it rips apart everything Patrick had ever held to be true. They say that a parent's worse nightmare is to suffer the death of a child. But what if that's not true?
Natural History is a work of exquisite tension. Building towards a climax so devastating it subverts every expectation, it is a brutally compelling investigation into what it is to be human, what it is to experience guilt - and what it means to be without it.

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'Blurring the line between human and animal sympathies, this is written with such authenticity you can practically smell the chimp excrement' -- Arena, September 2007

'Cross wrote movingly of parental treachery in his last book, the terse memoir, HEARTLAND, and he infuses this new novel with his own heritage of anxieties and tolerances . . . Both fierce and poignant in wrapping up the habitat and hunting themes, it poses uncomfortable questions about personal and family responsibility' -- THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Dark and densely plotted . . . the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility'
-- DAILY MAIL

'Dark and densely plotted...the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility' -- Daily Mail, August 2007

'Intelligent, brilliantly-written, fascinating . . . the exquisite tension that Cross's sharp, devastating prose builds, leads to a climax so shocking it will leave you flabbergasted' -- THE CRACK

'Neil Cross builds the tension in this fiendishly taut novel . . . As events mount to a genuinely shocking climax, Cross asks uncomfortable questions about the differences between being human and having humanity. In this disturbing book, beasts are not always clad in fur' -- METRO

'Neil Cross builds the tension in this fiendishly taut novel ... As events mount to a genuinely shocking climax, Cross asks uncomfortable questions about the differences between being human and having humanity. In this disturbing book, beasts are not always clad in fur'
-- Metro

'There are moments during Neil Cross's fifth novel when the sense of foreboding is so strong that you half-expect to find cobwebs between the pages . . . The expertly delivered shocks may stay with you for a few days, but there's something meatier and more fetid hidden that will walk behind you for considerably longer' -- THE TIMES

`Suddenly it becomes clear that the whole book has been a study of criminal behaviour by a psychopath and only on a second reading does every seemingly innocent incident shout its awful warning. Highly recommended' -- Literary Review, August 2007

About the Author

Neil Cross is the author of CHRISTENDOM, MR IN-BETWEEN, HOLLOWAY FALLS and ALWAYS THE SUN. He lives with his wife and two children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008SCZWZK
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9UIQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor and boring. 31 Aug. 2014
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Have to agree with the other 2 star reviewer - I like his Luther book and Burial a lot. This is very different. Read the first half waiting for something to happen and skip-read the second half. It's NOT a thriller, it's very rambling and unfocused. I didn't care about any of the main characters - in fact, they were unlikeable and I don't think that was the intention. Very disappointing. Can't honestly see what the point was in this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 4 Feb. 2014
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Currently, this guy is my favourite author. He has that rare ability to reach inside you and make you live the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars People are just like animals? Maybe sometimes 25 April 2015
By Cathy - Published on Amazon.com
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Really, the jacket blurb didn’t or couldn’t impart what this is about, and after reading the book I am similarly confused. People are just like animals? Maybe sometimes; so what, do we need reminding! This describes four members of a family--Mum, Dad, Son, Daughter. Mostly, nothing happens and the structure is too itty-bitty to hold ongoing interest.
The prose is imitative Hemingway but the plot lacks cause and effect. Tight sentences. Miniscule detail. Melodramatic. Worst of all, those irritating 10-second sequences of modern TV drama, designed to demand attention, are here reborn to the written page.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 14 July 2014
By Shane Gale - Published on Amazon.com
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Very drawn out and going nowhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars so good! 30 Jan. 2015
By Brian David Kincaid - Published on Amazon.com
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The surprise in this book really shocked me! It was very sad. The characters were all intriguing and their relationships were really well developed. In between a mystery and a family saga.
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