by Tara Guha Read profile


For the third time this week he is watching her scream. Watching, not listening.

Rebecca Laurence is centre stage and shining in her role as Ophelia. She pivots, rotating like a ballerina impaled in a musical box, red hair cascading down her back. Amidst the thundering applause, one man is watching.

Rebecca meets the charismatic Seth Gardner, and as attraction grows between them, he invites her to join his Friday Folly, a group of artistic friends. But as Rebecca is drawn into the web of tangled relationships all is not as it appears. The scene is set for the night that will rip the group apart.

Consumed by loss and surrounded by secrets, Rebecca must escape the grip of the Folly to have any chance of saving herself. Meanwhile, one man continues to watch.

Winner of the Luke Bitmead Bursary

‘A highly accomplished debut. An intriguing group of characters draw you in to an intoxicating world of tangled relationships and insecurities. Beautifully written with an outstanding ensemble cast.’  Linda Green

‘Tara Guha has a fierce imagination and a needlesharp eye. Untouchable Things is a wild ride, a book that is a gripping psychological thriller but also a bruising examination of the limits of friendship and of the dangers of the seductive narcissist.’ Stephen May

‘Suspense-laden and sensual, the tendrils of Tara Guha’s prose grip tight and pull you under. With a plot as taut as a tripwire, Tara Guha explores the cult of personality and the charismatic power exerted by one man over the cultured lives of modern, metropolitan creatives. A beguiling debut.' Benjamin Myers

‘Stunning debut from an exciting new talent. Beautifully written.’ Loud and Quiet Magazine           

‘Part-suspense novel, part-psychological thriller… Guha’s use of language is utterly compelling... The story of Seth and Rebecca pulls the reader in and refuses to let go.’ Humanity Hallows