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From the Publisher
The new novel, set in the UK, from the author of the Impac
Prize-winning bestseller The Twin.
A Dutch woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name
is Emilie. She is a lecturer doing some research, and sets about
making the farmhouse more homely. When she arrives there are ten
geese living in the garden but one by one they disappear. Perhaps
it''s the work of a local fox.
She has fled from an unbearable situation having recently confessed
to an affair with one of her students. In Amsterdam, her stunned
husband forms a strange partnership with a detective who agrees to
help him trace her. They board the ferry to Hull on Christmas
Back on the farm, a young man out walking with his dog injures
himself and stays the night, then ends up staying longer. Yet
something is deeply wrong. Does he know what he is getting himself
into? And what will happen when her husband and the policeman
Gerbrand Bakker has made the territories of isolation, inner
turmoil and the solace offered by the natural world his own.
The Detour is a deeply moving new novel, shot through with
longing and the quiet tragedy of everyday lives.