Karen moves to Bogotá in search of a better life, and she soon finds a job at a high-end salon called ‘House of Beauty’. Like any well trained beautician, Karen knows that there is more to her role than the beauty treatments she performs. The beauty salon is a sanctuary, an exclusively female space set apart from the world outside, and when her clients want to talk – to reveal their secrets, desires, and fears – she listens. So when one of them is found dead – a teenage girl she had treated only that afternoon – the police have some questions for Karen.
Narrated by Claire, a bourgeois woman with a fixation on Karen, House of Beauty is a complex, compelling, excoriating novel – an edge-of-your-seat literary thriller about misogyny, injustice and inequality in a country where truth belongs only to those who can pay for it.
Reviews of House of Beauty
‘We thought we were bored of thrillers, but then we found House of Beauty … as gasp-inducing as a hot wax’ Glamour
‘House of Beauty offers a unique glimpse into modern-day Colombia and an intriguing mystery around issues of gender, class, and race, where a woman’s worth is too often tied to her beauty, yet her beauty too often gets her in trouble. It’s a pleasure to see a story told through the lens of two very different heroines, rare in crime fiction. And, in these times, this novel is also a much-needed critique of everyday misogyny and corruption’ Winnie M Li, author of Dark Chapter
‘Fantastic. I read it faster than it takes to have a mani-pedi and a massage and was moved, shocked and transported’ Rachel Edwards, author of Darling