The Eden Test by Adam Sternbergh

Seven Days. Seven Questions. Forever Changed


From the author of Shovel Ready comes an ingenious and gripping mystery novel following a husband and wife named Daisy and Craig. Their marriage is in serious trouble, but Daisy has found the solution to all their problems in a week-long getaway called “The Eden Test”.

Craig has other plans. His trunk is packed, he has a plane ticket, and is leaving her for another woman. All that changes when he reaches Daisy at their accommodation for the week, a cabin nestled deep in the woods near a small town. It’s far from their home in New York City. 

Daisy is more tuned in than Craig thinks, and as the clock ticks down, the pace picks up for an epic spectacle as two lovers test the limits of how far they’re willing to go for one another.

I questioned my pull toward this novel in particular. Not my usual genre, and the plot didn’t seem all that original. I was more intrigued by the cover, and Sternbergh’s other writing, particularly for The New York Times

However, starting out, I felt myself compulsively racing through the pages. Sternbergh really drew me in. The Eden Test read like a script for a screenplay. Each little detail masterfully crafted, and the narrative felt like the pieces of a jigsaw coming together. I revelled in the escapism.

News on the adaption front. According to Variety, Wiip has optioned the rights to The Eden Test, with the intention of turning the novel into a TV series. 

Adam Sternbergh courtesy of Macmillan

Adam Sternbergh is an editor at The New York Times. He is the author of Shovel Ready, nominated for the Edgar Award; Near Enemy; and The Blinds. He was born in Toronto and lives in Brooklyn with his family.

The Eden Test is on sale April 25th in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats, and is available for pre-order now. Check IndieBound for a retailer near you.