“In a moment of giggling chaos, Richard and Lelia sleep together while getting dressed for a holiday party. Arriving late and still flushed, they barely register a slight, drab woman named Sylvie.” “As Richard and Lelia go about their busy London lives, Sylvie insinuates herself into their happy world. Gradually their reality shifts: Mysterious fragments of a novel about a troubled child appear on Richard’s e-mail. Lelia is haunted by a painful secret from her past. A friend confides his adulterous affair, and Richard voyeuristically hangs on every detail.” “With the approaching birth of their child, Richard grows more ambivalent; he becomes distracted and remote. Lelia suspects another woman, and in her loneliness and longing she makes a surprising decision that nearly destroys the life that she and Richard have worked so hard to create.”–Book Jacket
Briscoe has a rich, lyrical writing style that weaves a spell while reading. The two main characters are well developed with the reader getting to know the inner workings of each mind. Set in London, the book could easily be set anywhere. The tone is intense throughout as the tension level mounts with continuous jaw dropping moments. 2005, 306 pages.