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House of Beauty by Melba Escobar, & Translated by Elizabeth Bryer

October 6, 2017

Nails, lips, brows. Wax, tweeze, thread. Full leg, half leg, bikini line. Half hour, one hour, one night. Massage, misogyny, murder.

Welcome to House of Beauty.

Karen will be taking care of you today.

Relax. Turn off your phone. Whatever you tell Karen will stay in this cubicle. She’ll listen to you. She listens to all the women she sees here.

Perhaps she’ll even talk about her own life. Why is she so desperate for money? What is she so afraid of? And what does she know about Sabrina Gusman, the teenager who has been found dead?

Can you keep a secret?

Published 8th March 2018 | Hardback | 9780008264239 | RRP £12.99

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