Nobody but us

Laure Van Rensburg

Book - 2022

"Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor. Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed grad student. Together, they are driving south from New York for their first vacation: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city. Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights--and the chance to get to know each other better, away from prying eyes. It should be a perfect romantic getaway for two. But when a snowstorm strands them in the house, each realizes the other harbors a dangerous secret...--and soon it becomes clear one of them won't escape the weekend alive"--

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Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels
Published
New York : Grand Central Publishing 2022.
Edition
First Grand Central Publishing edition
Language
English
Item Description
First published in 2022 in Great Britain by Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House UK.
Physical Description
376 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781538720462
1538720469
Main Author
Laure Van Rensburg (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Ellie and her literature-professor boyfriend, Steven, take their first weekend away together in an isolated Chesapeake Bay retreat. Submissive and awestruck by domineering Steven's academic reputation, Ellie hopes their uninterrupted time together will finally crack his veneer. It's off to a shaky start: their rental's glass walls expose them to an unexpected winter storm's onslaught, and Ellie can't shake the feeling that they're being watched. But Steven is her focus, and she soldiers on with her plan to bare his soul. First, she drugs him, then duct tapes his unconscious body to a wheelchair and patiently waits to begin their talk. For his part, Steven rages against his obviously love-crazed girlfriend. Ellie is seeking revenge, however, not love, as she confronts Steven with proof of his predation on vulnerable teenage girls, including her childhood friend, Wendy. Ellie believes that Steven murdered Wendy when she refused to be cast aside. Revenge is within reach until Steven escapes his bonds and a tense zero-sum game of wits ensues. Van Rensburg deftly manipulates the narrative, leading readers to root for Ellie's ruthless and unnervingly clever machinations as Steven's dangerous nature is slowly unveiled. This story of dueling mind-games and duplicity is a must-read for psychological-thriller fans, especially those with a taste for revenge. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Shy if preternaturally smart NYU grad student Ellie and her rich boyfriend, Steven, who teaches at a classy Manhattan private school, are heading out of town for a romantic weekend. Alas, they are quickly snowed in at the house where they're staying, and that's bad news on several counts. Neither of them is what they appear to be, both are hiding dangerous secrets, and one will end up dead. A debut with a 100,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

At the start of Van Rensburg's exceptional debut, a highly entertaining psychological thriller, Ellie Masterson and Steve Harding are looking forward to celebrating their six months as a couple with a romantic getaway weekend. An unease immediately settles over them on their drive from Manhattan to Chesapeake Bay, where the remote house they've rented—all "glass and steel"—butts up against dark woods that lead to the ocean. Arriving at night, they can barely see out the windows, but Ellie is sure she has seen someone among the trees. Each creak in the house unnerves her. They both want their relationship to work despite different backgrounds—Ellie is an NYU grad student 17 years younger than wealthy Steven, who's a Barnard College professor about to move to Columbia. But each is suspicious of the other, especially Steven, who's keen to know what Ellie carries in her heavy handbag. When a snowstorm strands them, their wariness about the other intensifies. This deliciously creepy haunted house tale skillfully explores the psyches of two people who carry their own ghosts with them. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Ellie, a brilliant NYU grade, student, and her boyfriend, a wealthy and privileged professor, are stranded together during a romantic getaway, they realize that neither of them is quite who they say they are—and that one of them won’t escape the weekend alive. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor. Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed grad student. Together, they are driving south from New York for their first vacation: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city. Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights--and the chance to get to know each other better, away from prying eyes. It should be a perfect romantic getaway for two. But when a snowstorm strands them in the house, each realizes the other harbors a dangerous secret--and soon it becomes clear one of them won't escape the weekend alive"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An “amazing” (NYT bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn) high-concept thriller in which a couple’s romantic weekend-getaway is not what is seems.Named a Most Anticipated Book by BookishHe’s not who he says he is.Then again, neither is she.Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor. Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed grad student. Together, they are driving south from New York for their first vacation: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city. Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights—and the chance to get to know each other better, away from prying eyes. It should be a perfect romantic getaway for two. But when a snowstorm strands them in the house, each realizes the other harbors a dangerous secret—and soon it becomes clear one of them won’t escape the weekend alive. By turns tantalizing, surprising, and thrilling, Nobody But Us heralds the arrival of an incredibly talented author of literary suspense.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

He’s not who he says he is.
Then again, neither is she.


Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor. Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed grad student.
 
Together, they are driving south from New York for their first vacation: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city.
 
Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights—and the chance to get to know each other better, away from prying eyes.
 
It should be a perfect romantic getaway for two. But when a snowstorm strands them in the house, each realizes the other harbors a dangerous secret—and soon it becomes clear one of them won’t escape the weekend alive.
 
By turns tantalizing, surprising, and thrilling, Nobody But Us heralds the arrival of an incredibly talented author of literary suspense.