“Thoroughly enjoyed this well-written novel. Could not put it down from start to finish! Having read the author’s previous books, I expected something similar but was surprised to find that this book was very different to his previous works.
Amazing character depth and vivid descriptions make the book a truly immersive read. Some surprising plot twists and laugh out loud moments, as well as some dark moments , which undoubtedly add to the book’s uniqueness. A real must-read for all who want something a little different.” –UK Amazon Review
Vasily Pugh, writer of ‘Basically Frightened‘, ‘The Insomniacs Club‘ and ‘Outside Looking Out‘, is back with a darkly humorous thriller that’ll leave you stunned.
“The perfect book for fans of things that are out of the ordinary.”
When Slovakian worker Eliska Hudakova is hired to work as a housekeeper to bitter academic Elizabeth Clement-Walters, she has little idea what she is letting herself in for. Exacting, critical and acerbic, the former feminist icon is determined to make the work as arduous as possible for the immigrant, but will pay her well for the privilege..
Yet Eliska is not quite the delicate nobody that her employer thinks and, when a series of events changes the dynamic between them, it becomes difficult to know who is using whom. Very soon, a game of cat-and-mouse develops between the two and the stakes continue to rise after a chance discovery. When each woman’s past begins to creep back into the dynamic, all hell might just be let loose
From the writer of acclaimed comedy thriller ‘The Insomniacs Club‘ comes another very different take on a familiar genre. Full of the wit and action, ‘Gusto’ is the latest dollop of the utterly unique for readers who think they have read it all
“‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane’ gets a 21st Century reboot in a book that is packed with sparkling dialogue and serpentine twists.”
“‘Harold & Maude’ meets ‘Thelma and Louise'”
Satirical, surprising and suspenseful, Vasily Pugh’s unique writing will turn your world upside down.
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Catch Vasily Pugh’s other work, ‘Basically Frightened – Yet Another Slice of Post-Apocalyptia’ and its highly rated sequel ‘Outside Looking Out’
About the Author
First of all – and this goes against my diffident nature – can I please ask that you leave a review.
Please see my glorious new author website – I’ve finally decided to create one. vasilypughwrites.com
There is news and information regarding upcoming releases. The mailing list, which I would of course appreciate your patronage of, will also offer exclusive Pugh style content.
Hello, I am Vasily Pugh and thank you for reading this short piece. My first book was the oddly prescient ‘Basically Frightened‘ – a darkly comic pandemic thriller.
This book was followed by acclaimed comic thriller ‘The Insomniacs’ Club‘ which successfully transferred to Ulaanbataar as an award winning kabuki show.
‘Outside Looking Out, the even better sequel to ‘Basically Frightened‘ was the next book.
Upcoming book ‘Gusto‘ is out by the end of the summer. Strong female characters, tightly-wound tension, ambiguity – I can almost taste the international recognition and appreciation.
I do have a tendency to use ‘passive voice’ in my work which puts me in league with some of the great war criminals according to the Grammar Coalition. But hey, maybe we can live in a crazy world where active and passive can co-exist, weaving daisy chains and dancing.
I have recently become a Vine Voice, partly because I’m beginning to appreciate how good it is for people to give and receive reviews. And so it is that we return to my craven request:
Please leave a review. Amazon likes to purge the good reviews for alleged bias, meaning my average rating oscillates wildly. Not very helpful for an independent author so your support is appreciated.
“Vasily Pugh is almost certainly vertical.” Noam Chomsky