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The Fall Guy

Narrated by: Peter Brooke
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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It is summer 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin, Matthew, to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountaintop house. As the days grow hotter, the friendship between the three begins to reveal its fault lines, and with the arrival of a fourth character, the household finds itself suddenly in the grip of uncontrollable passions. Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy?

A story of fracture in paradise, where ancient resentments and current desires lurch violently to the surface and an idyllic summer retreat becomes a stage for lies, lust, and revenge, The Fall Guy is Lasdun's most entertaining novel yet: a taut psychological thriller that is superbly written, darkly vivid, with an unforgettably febrile atmosphere of erotic danger.

©2017 James Lasdun (P)2017 Audible Studios

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  • 03-26-18

So bad...

So predictable. So boring. I have no clue why I finished it... I already new what would happen.

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  • fenella
  • 12-18-17

Disappointing

Lots of irrelevant stuff that doesn't go anywhere, the ending is very disappointing, seems the author ran out of puff and wanted to wrap everything up rather too quickly. No likeable characters.

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  • Wordish1
  • 05-26-17

Smart and cunning

I liked the slow-burn tensions in this novel, and the way Lasdun plays with the reader's natural sympathy for Matthew the protagonist, who reminded me on Nick Guest in Alan Hollinghurst's "The Line of Beauty", though the style is more like Ian McEwan at his tense and creepy best. The narrator handles the disparate accents well, except in a dinner party scene with a melange of accents that would have tested any performer to the limit.