**This year's must-read psychological thriller**
Desire. Deception. Destruction. Devotion.
Ella is 26, lonely, hungry and far from home. Lonnie is also 26, but rich, talented and beautiful – with a husband and son to match.
Their fates intertwine the day Ella is hired as the family’s nanny. She finds herself mesmerised by Lonnie’s girlish affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage, but soon resentment grows too.
Crackling with sensuality and suspense, Madeline Stevens’s debut novel is a dizzying thriller in which roles are confused and reversed and nothing is ever quite as it seems.
Reviews, News & Interviews:
Edgy voyeurism sets the tone for this sexy-but-literary take on the lifestyle-envy psychological thriller. Sunday Times
A creepy, suspenseful and thoroughly absorbing read. Following a nanny mesmerised by her employer, this is a tale about resentment, obsession and the dark, destructive side of desire. This is one slow burner that will hook you in from the very beginning and refuse to let you go. Best Books Out in August
[A] literary psychological smoulderer. Metro
Devotion is a dangerous novel - sharp, glittering, and sexy - and Madeline Stevens is a significant new talent. I read this story of obsession, friendship, and betrayal with my heart in my throat, captivated by Ella's increasing absorption into the privileged lives of the couple who hires her. Julie Buntin
Madeline Stevens' tale of jealousy and obsession is the next big psychological thriller debut, featuring two women who become dangerously entangled. One has everything, and the other wants everything - and will do anything to get what the other has. Alexandra Kleeman
Devotion is frighteningly perceptive about the ways women see each other, use each other, hurt each other. Madeline Stevens' debut novel dares to let jealousy and obsession lead its characters to the places we fear most. Rebecca Schiff