Title: The Fall Guy
Author: James Lasdun
The down low: One of the Book of the Month Club selections for October
Summary in two sentences: A wealthy couple, Charlie and Chloe, and Matthew (Charlie’s down-on-his-luck cousin) escape the NYC summer heat at the couple’s country house in Aurelia. As with any triangle, things get weird and tangled when betrayals, secrets, and old grudges are revealed.
Why you should read it: I wasn’t blown away, but there’s a slow build of creepiness and suspense that is to be admired and makes for a compelling read. There was something Hitchcock-y about this to me, and I would 100% be on board with a movie version of this book. Absolutely a good beach read and a unique story.
How B&B categorizes this book: creepy, suspenseful