House of Beauty
Melba Escobar, Translated by Elizabeth Bryer, Read by Rachel Bavidge and Clare Perkins

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Narrated By: Rachel Bavidge, Clare Perkins

Duration: 6 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect

A thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a beauty salon in Bogota

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients confide in her, and she knows all about them. Their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs.

Karen has problems of her own. She’s in trouble, and she needs money. More money than she can make at House of Beauty.

Most serious of all: a teenage girl has been found dead, and Karen was one of the last people to see her alive. So the girl’s mother is desperate to talk to her …

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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‘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