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  • Published: 14 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784702267
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

The Susan Effect

The topical new thriller from the author of bestselling Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, featuring an unstoppable female scientist.

You'll tell her your darkest secrets

Susan Svendsen has an unusual talent. She is an expert in finding out secrets. People feel compelled to confide in her and unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head.

Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. But there are some powerful people determined to stop her.

  • Published: 14 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784702267
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Peter Høeg

Peter Høeg was born in 1957 and followed various callings - dancer, actor, fencer, sailor, mountaineer - before he turned seriously to writing. He published his first novel, The History of Danish Dreams, in 1988, and was called 'the foremost writer of his generation' by Information magazine. His crime novel Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow received universal acclaim and was an international bestseller.

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Praise for The Susan Effect

An artfully written, exuberant thriller with a mercurial and interesting central character

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

It's a rare treat to read a book by the far-from-prolific Danish author Peter Høeg. . . His latest novel is an offbeat futuristic thriller. . . the challenges Hoeg sets his readers are well worth taking on


A well-tuned and clever femi-thriller.


A continually surprising conspiracy thriller.

THRILLER OF THE WEEK, The Mail on Sunday

Peter Høeg is back. And better. And with a novel that is both a thriller, a social critique, and existentially provoking – and on top of that, wonderful and funny.

Dagbladenes Bureau

The main character bares a clear resemblance to a certain Miss Smilla. It is not often that Høeg writes a new novel, but this one has clearly been worth the long wait.




Susan is a resourceful action heroine, part Lisbeth Salander, part Saga Norén, fearless with a crowbar and a screwdriver

The Arts Desk

The Susan Effect introduces an eccentric mix of characters headed by its ultra-bright narrator, Susan Svendson. . . Hoeg is serious, funny, intelligent, ridiculous, preachy, wise, incomprehensible, surreal and persuasive. It’s very readable

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Peter Høeg is back with a new thriller about quantum physics and the fact that the elite is neglecting the rest of society…the novel is a well-placed kick into high society’s modern powdered wigs.


The Danish author is back on form in this literary thriller, which revolves around a woman who has the power to make people tell her their secrets.

Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

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