Book Review: Black Box by Jennifer Egan


Black Box by Jennifer Egan
Corsair (ebook), 2012
48 Pages

Author Website

Amazon (UK)


‘Close your eyes and slowly count backward from ten.’

America, the near future. A young spy on a mission logs her observations. The result is an intense thriller, and a minute dissection of the experience of a woman whose beauty is also her camouflage, for whom control relies on submission: a woman whose success – whose life – depends on being seen and not seen.

Originally published online via Twitter by @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan’s first new fiction since the phenomenal success of A Visit From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive work of unrelenting genius.


People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you’ve seen pictures.


Black Box is really enjoyable. The story was first broadcast as a series of tweets so the structure is a bit odd and not something I’ve seen before. I really liked it though. The structure and form works really well. There is no room for padding or rambling and developing character. Every word needs to earn its place and they do. The movement is tense and packed with suspense. Black Box is very entertaining.




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