From Publishers Weekly
The lives of a London couple about to have their first child unravel in Perkins's haunting third novel. In the wake of surviving a train derailment, pregnant Ann Wells tells her husband, struggling screenwriter Tom Stone, that a man has been following her. With only Ann's vague description, the police can do little and Tom attempts to reassure his wife about her safety. As her due date approaches, Ann turns her attention to scouring the house and molding clay guardian figures, while Tom searches for work. Finally, Tom agrees to approach a popular television writer and fellow train accident survivor, Simon Wright, for work. After the birth of their son, Arlo, Ann's behavior grows more disturbing, and Tom realizes too late the truth behind her fears. Perkins's gamble to reveal Ann's fate in the early pages pays off; the suspense mounts with each added detail, until everything falls into place in an unsettling climax. Throughout, both Tom and the reader struggle to find a moment when everything could have been prevented. (Aug.)
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“A book you absolutely can’t put down. . . . Perkins’s writing is so smart that she keeps us in total thrall to the Tom-and-Ann show.”
— Toronto Star
“Complex and original. . . . Perkins blends the suspense and the black comedy perfectly, creating a true page-turner jammed between correspondingly exquisite first and final sentences.”
— The Independent
“Perkins’ dark-hearted novel is a love story, and a suspenseful thriller.”
— Vancouver Sun
“In Tom Stone, Perkins creates a character who is at once sympathetic and exasperating. . . . Spectacular. . . . A terrific read.”
— New Zealand Herald
“A frightening tale of delusion. . . . The pace is fast and inexorable. . . . Perkins draws out the emotional tension and the thematic parallels while keeping the action tight and gripping.”
— The Times
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