Author(s): Annabel Lyon

Fiction - Contemporary

A razor-sharp novel of two women brought together and one man brought down...

Saskia and Jenny - twins - are alike in appearance only. Saskia is a grad student with a single-minded focus on her studies, while Jenny is glamorous, thrill-seeking, and capricious. Still, when Jenny is severely injured in an accident, Saskia puts her life on hold to be with her sister. Sara and Mattie are sisters with another difficult dynamic. Mattie, who is younger, is intellectually disabled. Sara loves nothing more than fine wines, perfumes, and expensive clothing, and leaves home at the first opportunity. But when their mother dies, Sara inherits the duty of caring for her sister. Arriving at the house one day, she is horrified to discover that Mattie has married their mother's handyman. The relationship ends in tragedy. Now, Sara and Saskia, both caregivers for so long, are on their own - and come together through a cascade of circumstances as devastating as they are unexpected.

Razor-sharp and profoundly moving, Consent is a thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of familial duty, of how love can become entangled with guilt, resentment, and regret.


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Longlisted - Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Longlisted - Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020

 I raced through this gripping read about sisters, guilt, grief and revenge... I couldn't put it down. --Daily Mail

Mesmerizing... An intense, intimate novel of love, grief, and murder [with] a deliciously dark conclusion. --Publishers Weekly 


This novel captivates in plot... It follows two sets of sisters whose lives converge and diverge in eerily similar ways. -- Entertainment Weekly 


Annabel Lyon is the author of the novel The Golden Mean, a bestseller in Canada that won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General's Award, and has been translated into fourteen languages. She is also the author of a story collection, Oxygen; a book of novellas, The Best Thing for You; and two juvenile novels, All-Season Edie and Encore Edie. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two children.

General Fields

  • : 9781838952457
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : December 2020
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Special Fields

  • : Annabel Lyon
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 311