Waiting on Wednesday #7 // Mercury by Margot Livesey

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

y450-293This week I am waiting on Mercury by Margot Livesey

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

A taut emotional thriller about love, obsession and the secrets that pull a family apart.

Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optician in suburban Boston, he rests assured that he and his wife, Viv, who works at the local stables, will live out quiet lives with their two children. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young racehorse—enters their lives and everything changes.

Viv’s friend Hilary has inherited Mercury from her brother after his mysterious death—he was riding Mercury late one afternoon and the horse returned to the stables alone. When Hilary first brings Mercury to board at the stables everyone there is struck by his beauty and prowess, particularly Viv. As she rides him, Viv dreams of competing with Mercury, rebuilding the ambitions of grandeur that she held for herself before moving to the suburbs. But her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred quickly escalates to obsession.

By the time Donald understands the change that has come over Viv, it is too late to stop the impending fate that both their actions have wrought for them and their loved ones. A beautifully crafted, riveting novel about the ways in which relationships can be disrupted and, ultimately, destroyed by obsession, secrets and ever-escalating lies.

Margot Livesey is a writer that I have come to admire. I first came to her work through The Flight of Gemma Hardy, recommended to me because I love Jane Eyre and I read Criminals this past February.

When I looked up even more of her work I found that she had an impressive number of publications and I have made it my goal to read each one of them.

Well, I have until September. I better get moving.

Are any of your favorite authors releasing books this fall? Think that Mercury is a book you might be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #7 // Mercury by Margot Livesey

    1. Margot Livery’s writing is amazing. I love it! I have The Flight of Gemma Hardy on my shelf now and I can’t wait to give it a read. I have heard good things about The House on Fortune Street and Eva Moves the Furniture too!


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