by Amelia Gray
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Threats by Amelia Gray

David's wife is dead. At least, he thinks she's dead. But he can't figure out what killed her or why she had to die, and his efforts to sort out what's happened have been interrupted by his discovery of a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden in strange places around his home—one buried in the sugar bag, another carved into the side of his television. These disturbing threats may be the best clues to his wife's death:


Detective Chico is also on the case, and is intent on asking David questions he doesn't know the answers to and introducing him to people who don't appear to have David's or his wife's best interests in mind. With no one to trust, David is forced to rely on his own memories and faculties—but they too are proving unreliable.

In THREATS, Amelia Gray builds a world that is bizarre yet familiar, violent yet tender. It is an electrifying story of love and loss that grabs you on the first page and never loosens its grip.

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ISBN-13: 9781455153046
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

AMELIA GRAY grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Her first collection of stories, AM/PM, was published in 2009. Her second collection, Museum of the Weird, was awarded the Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. She lives in Los Angeles. THREATS is her first novel.

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Threats: A Novel 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BadKittyW More than 1 year ago
This was a VERY difficult book to read!! Although I do not mind unconventional narrative, this book was all over the place and was very difficult to follow. If it had focused solely on following David, it would have made more sense to me, since he was the character who was suffering through mental illness. I also found a lot of the descriptions to be disgusting and uncomfortable, which MAY have been the point, but I often found my stomach turning at times. I was also very dissappointed at the ending. I wanted several times to quit reading this book, but kept on with the expectation of a rewarding resolution, which I did not recieve. Like almost every other reviewer, I will say this was not an easy or light read, but that is not something that, on it's own would turn me off to a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has quicly turned into one of my favorite books of all time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were times when reading this novel I genuinely wondered, "What is going on"? Once I adjusted to the style, I was able to enjoy the tale. I found the ending unsettling. Recommended for the writing.
Author_RichardThomas More than 1 year ago
THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. “I WILL CROSS- STITCH AN IMAGE OF YOUR FUTURE HOME BURNING. I WILL HANG THIS IMAGE OVER YOUR BED WHILE YOU SLEEP.” The debut novel by Amelia Gray, entitled THREATS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is an unsettling and hypnotic story of loss, disintegration and the ways that love both builds and destroys us, anchors us, and alternately, lets us drift away. This is not conventional storytelling, but if you’ve read Gray’s work already (Museum of the Weird and AM/PM) then this will come as no surprise. To call this a detective story would be limiting. You have to jump in with both feet into the freezing waters, no easing a toe beneath the surface to see if the water is indeed water, to see if everything is safe. Nothing is safe, or reliable, and often others don’t have our best interests at heart. David and Franny are not your typical couple. Franny is a large presence, a woman who does her own thing, often keeping secrets from her husband, wandering behind their house into the woods on a regular basis. David is a former dentist who has slowly fractured in the wake of his family’s demise and the loss of his practice. The domestic life seems normal on the surface—reading the newspaper, filling out the crossword puzzles—but from the beginning, Franny has had to take care of David, accustomed to his wandering mind: “FRANNY had never faulted him his confusions. Once, a group of squabbling jays stopped them on a walk. Two of the birds were circling each other, ducking and weaving, thrusting beak to wing, falling back. The group around that central pair collectively made a noise like rushing water. They spread their blue wings. It looked like someone had dropped a scarf on the ground. They moved in a unified line around the fighters in the center. She took his hand. ‘You’re in the road,’ she said.” It’s not clear at what point David started to fall apart. Maybe it was the death of his sister, who drowned in five inches of water. Or maybe it was the death of his father and subsequent institutionalization of his mother. But wherever he is mentally when the novel starts, it is the death of Franny that unhinges him completely. Take this early exchange with Detective Chico: “David knew he would enjoy very much the feeling of a woman placing her palms on his face. ‘Someone altered my clocks,’ he said. ‘We don’t want to alter your clocks, sir.’ The paranoia that David carries with him slowly creates an aura of mental instability, and we learn early on that whatever surreal passages Gray throws at us, reality and truth are merely shadows and hints. Is the man down the street who looks exactly like David a figment of his imagination, or just a strange coincidence? Have people really been seeing Franny on buses, or are these just reflections of grief? Are his neighbors really out to get him? Are they watching him with stolen glances, normal behavior when witnessing a man mumbling to himself while boarding up his windows in a robe and slippers? TO READ THE REST GO TO THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I get that the author is telling a story from the POV of a post breakdown man, but the aimless babble is a terrible attempt at prose porn. No true direction, no conclusion, and no point. Save your $10!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book, got into it over 100 pgs and still couldn't figure out what was happening or where the writer was going with it. I have read thousands of books and this is one of the few that I put down, when I really wanted to throw it out the window!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to think I'm a fairly advanced reader, but I never fully understood what was happening in this story. Perhaps that was the author's intent. Just when I thought I had it pegged, something even weirder would occur. Is it a story about a dentist's decline into mental illness or is it some kind of conspiracy? If you like complicated novels, this is for you. I couldn't stop reading, despite my confusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a summer or light read for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unsettling and unsatisfying - depressing without resolution. Interesting for its structure, and lack therof. Not a light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it weren't for the fact that I hate to not finish a book I've started, I would have stopped reading this after the first chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But no story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give zero stars I would. This book is just awful. I wanted to stop reading so many times but I always finish books I start. There are no answers no conclusion no explanation. I wish I could get my money back. I would never  recommended this book or its writer to anyone EVER !!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing with no conclusion