Alex and his son, eleven year old Max, find their next-door neighbour dead in his bathtub. The suspected suicide soon turns into a murder investigation as the police turn their interest towards Millicent, Alex’s wife. How well did Millicent really know the neighbour? And what secrets does Max know about his parents?
Ben McPhersonhas written a fabulous story full of intrigue, tension and dark secrets and longings. Whilst it is, in part a who-dunnit, the story explores the relationships between the various family members, their neighbours and the police. I enjoyed the way Alex and Millicent’s marriage, their connection to each other and the feelings they have, shift and change as the investigation gathers pace. McPherson evokes a chilling sense of menace as he leads us deeper in the nightmare the family find themselves caught up in.
The story is told from Alex’s viewpoint and the author wonderfully conveys Alex’s anguish, fury and despair as his world begins to collapse. The writing is sharp, scenes are vividly portrayed and the characters have depth and, well, “character”. Having read, and enjoyed the story, I’m still undecided if I actually liked any of the central characters; they all had traits that I liked and others that I disliked. My favourite characters were Fab5, Arla and, rather curiously, June, the police woman.
I found this to be a well written and throughly engaging tale. The name Ben McPherson will be one that I keep an eye out for.
My Rating: 3.5* out of 5.0*
ANTICIPATED PUBLICATION DATE: March 2015
Published by HarperCollins
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