About the book
Nick Framingham is still reeling from the recent death of his childhood best friend, the writer Rob Castor, who committed suicide after killing his ex-girlfriend in Manhattan. Rob's death unleashes a series of unexpected revelations in the lives of his friends and family in upstate New York. Nick's own marriage to his college sweetheart, Lucy, begins to unravel as he struggles to understand what drove Rob to murder. Rekindling an old relationship with his first love, Belinda, Rob's volatile and beautiful sister, Nick begins to retrace not only Rob's last days but also their shared childhood, looking for clues to explain his friend's actions. As he begins to re-evaluate his own life and his past, a fault line opens up beneath him, leading him all the way to the book's startling conclusion.
A beautiful, wise and funny book about grief and about friendship - but most of all about marriage. I've rarely seen the decline of a relationship observed so wittily, or in such piercingly accurate detail. My jaw kept dropping in envy - God, this man can write!
A true literary page-turner ... It is at turns both heartbreaking and breathtaking.
A heartbreaking thriller. Our book of the summer
You'll be hooked
Eli Gottlieb has a gift for precise and original imagery... a witty, pitiless dissection of how relationships follow their own arc of destruction