Described by the Guardian as an “instant classic” - The Absolute Book is a cinematic, dreamlike story with dark undercurrents, about a revenge killing, a mysterious scroll box that has survived centuries of fires and the book that changed everything. It is a declaration of love for stories and the ways in which they shape our worlds and create gods out of mortals.
Taryn Cornick believes that the past--her older sister's violent death, and her own ill-conceived revenge--is behind her, and she can get on with her life. She has written a successful book about the circumstances that threaten libraries: insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring, yet not all of the attention it brings her is good.
DI Jacob Berger, questions her about a cold case. Then there are questions about a fire in the library at her grandparents' house and an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter, as well as threatening phone calls and a mysterious illness. Finally a shadowy young man named Shift appears, forcing Taryn and Jacob toward a reckoning felt in parallel worlds.