- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Orenda Books (11 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1912374773
- ISBN-13: 978-1912374779
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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"The kind of book you read in one breathless gulp." --Cass Green, author, In a Cottage in a Wood
'Gripped and Terrified by Paul Burston's new novel, bloody hell!!!' --Rowan Coleman, author, The Accidental Mother
'Loving this ... Paul Burston You're right giving me my reading mojo back!' Alex Marwood, author, The Darkest Secret
About the Author
Paul Burston is the author of Shameless, The Black Path (longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize), and Lovers & Losers (shortlisted for a Stonewall Award). He was a founding editor of Attitude magazine and has written for the Guardian, Independent, Time Out, Times, and Sunday Times. He is the founder and host of London’s LGBT+ literary salon Polari and founder and chair of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing.
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Tom’s first novel was extremely successful, enabling him to buy a riverside apartment in Vauxhall, but he is struggling to complete the next book. His money has dribbled away, and he is in a ‘relationship’ now with Emma, a friendship with no sexual connection because he is gay. He is objective enough to realise that he has not been altogether good to her, but at some level it seems to work for both of them.
Evie (I imagine her looking like Villanelle) lives with her ill father and she appears for much of the novel via written records she is making, comprising memories of how she has experienced the relationship with Tom and her view of the court proceedings. She believed – and still does – that the two of them have been engaged on a writing project. She is clearly well read and intellectually sharp… emotionally, given the situation in which she finds herself, perhaps less so.
The part that Social Media plays in the construct is quite sobering – the addictive nature and the compulsion to engage (or not) – and the amount of information that can be gleaned about activities is quite salutary. Beware!
Evie is handed a restraining order but will that be the end of it? Tom keeps a wary eye on her and the lure of checking in on her Social Media accounts is difficult to resist.
I read this book in a day, I thought ‘just one more chapter’ and boom, I was at the end. It is a well told story, incisive writing and a well balanced narrative, full of detail and tension. It definitely kept me engrossed!
The locations in the novel are very recognisable, especially for a girl from Saff London.