Wow this is a real psychological thriller! Set in Oxford Kate, mother to Jack is struggling with anxiety searching out statistics to make their lives safer. In short she has suffered so much bad luck that she believes she is cursed. Kate’s mother and father-in-law, Helen and Richard along with their daughter Saskia are keen to help her out but tensions are rising as they become desperately concerned for Jacks well-being.
At first I found the endless labouring of Kate’s anxiety a little off-putting and did wonder if this book was going to live up to The Playdate or whether it was going to be a simple story about an over cautious mother. I needn’t have worried, this is a complex, well plotted, unusual take on psychological terror. The relationships between the characters are considered and accurate, particularly between Jack, wavering between wanting to be a child and longing to be allowed to grow up and stretch his wings, and his mother with her overriding concerns.
The atmosphere in this book progressively darkens until I found myself racing towards the ending; an ending that is perfect.
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