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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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'NOVEL ABOUT MY WIFE is the fascinating portrait of a marriage, in all its labyrinthine complexity and tenderness. A beautiful, shocking book, it had me gripped from its very first sentence' Maggie O'Farrell 'Brimming with talent. I can't wait for more' Esther Freud 'Deft and funny a strikingly skilful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor 'Stunning: addictive, smart, scary, wise and profoundly funny' A.L. Kennedy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a very engaging book and the characters are beautifully drawn. I particularly appreciate that Ms. Perkins has written the whole thing from a male perspective. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Heckathorn
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