A young married woman begins an intense affair with an older man as a way of escaping her manipulative mother. But she comes to realise that her lover is a mirror image of her mother – just as seductive, just as demanding, and ultimately just as dangerous.
Set in modern-day Ireland, this unsettling novel from Belfast based journalist Fionola Meredith charts the course of a unlikely and deeply dysfunctional ‘age-gap’ relationship to its inevitable conclusion, Disturbing yet darkly humorous, forensic but somehow compassionate, this compelling debut unflinchingly reveals what lies at the heart of the male fear of intimacy, and the hidden impulses which can drive our most fatal attractions.
Fionola is a writer. broadcaster and commentator. She is a long established contributor to the Irish Times and to BBC NI.