Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife - the brains behind his success - meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.
"Evil is a matter of opinion."
On the surface Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like or even admire. A famous, best-selling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.
For most of Henry's life, it hasn't been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution only to make a terrible mistake.
Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past - which he has painstakingly kept hidden - threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man, and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.
Smart, sardonic, and instantly gripping, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he's standing on the edge of the abyss.
©2014 C. Bertelsmann Verlag, Munchen, in der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
This story held my attention all the way through. I like the pace of this book, the twists and I am really relieved about the ending. No spoilers-well worth my time and money!
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Intriguing book full of dark comedy which was muted by the Audio production.
I think Corey Brill is a talented narrator who just wasn't right for this book. He read the book, prose and characters, with an American accent and while stylistically he was excellent, it stripped some of the atmosphere from the book and often pulled me out of the story.
I don't blame the narrator but the seeming production decision that American's would prefer European novels if they were presented as if they took place in Akron.
A dark comedy of errors, told beautifully. Like other reviewers I wonder at the choice of narrators since the protagonist is an Englishman. And yet, Mr. Brill's tone is pitch-perfect. How can people fall for this base, evil guy?...and yet, you almost do yourself. While there were some aspects of the plot that left me hanging, I can't wait for another novel from this author.
The book deals with the basest of human traits. I would rather spend my leisure time exploring more uplifting ideas. I know that selfishness and negativity exist in this world. I just choose to spend as much of my waking hours practicing positivity.
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