Your cart


Total AUD



  • Sceptre
  • Sceptre

Scrap: 'Blackly humorous and enjoyably twisted' Paula Hawkins

Calla Henkel

3 Reviews

Rated 0

New York, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

Netflix's You meets The Talented Mr Ripley: an artist's commission turns into a hunt for a murderer, as a struggling painter becomes obsessed with a wealthy family who seem to be hiding a violent secret - from the author of cult-hit Other People's Clothes.

'Blackly humorous and enjoyably twisted' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'A knotted mystery too intriguing to leave unpicked' Alice Slater, author of Death of a Bookseller

'Binge-worthy . . . a brilliantly immersive and almost cinematic experience' Jenny Mustard, author of Okay Days

Recently dumped and stuck with the mortgage, artist Esther Ray wants to burn the world, but instead, she reluctantly accepts a scrapbooking job from the deliriously wealthy Naomi Duncan. The scrapbooks, a secret birthday gift for Naomi's husband Bryce, trace the Duncan's twenty-five-year marriage. The conditions: Esther must include every piece of paper she's been sent, must sign an NDA, and must only contact Naomi using the burner phone provided. Otherwise she'll spoil the surprise.

As Esther binges true-crime podcasts and works through the near-two hundred-boxes of Duncan detritus, she finds herself infatuated with the gilded family - until, mid-project, Naomi dies suspiciously. When Esther becomes convinced the husband killed her, she uses the scrapbooks' trove of information to insert herself into the Duncan's' lives to prove it. But the more Esther investigates, the further she is dragged back to the scorched earth of her past and the famous artist who paid her to disappear.

Laced with pitch-black humour and conspiratorial unease, Scrap is a razor-sharp examination of wealth and power, art and truth, of the line between justice and revenge - and who gets to cross it.

Read More Read Less

Praise for Scrap: 'Blackly humorous and enjoyably twisted' Paula Hawkins

  • A sparkling debut. - Guardian (on Other People's Clothes)

  • A wild, energetic gem of a novel. - Daily Mail (on Other People's Clothes)

  • Brutal, glamorous and genuinely unpredictable, it will blow your mind until the very last page. - Stylist (on Other People's Clothes)

Read More Read Less

Calla Henkel

Calla Henkel is an American writer, playwright, director and artist living between Berlin and Los Angeles. Her debut novel, Other People's Clothes, was a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice'. She has staged plays at VolksbA hne Berlin and the Whitney Museum of Art, and her artistic work with Max Pitegoff has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. She currently operates a theatre in Los Angeles, called New Theater Hollywood. Scrap is her second novel.

This website uses cookies. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here.Close cookie policy overlay