Beautifully crafted and full of twists
ONE night eight months ago, Paul Davis had a horrible experience: he came upon an academic colleague apparently in the process of disposing of two human corpses. The colleague furiously attacked him and left him for dead. Fortunately (or maybe not so fortunately in view of future events), he was rescued in time and has been slowly recovering ever since.
The attacker is safely in prison, and Paul’s wife, other colleagues and friends are supportive. Therapy helps, too, by day, but at night it’s a different story. As he tries to get to sleep he starts hearing things — impossible things — that no one else can. Is he losing his mind?
Any more details would spoil the book for you. While the central theme may be familiar to any aficionado, Barclay brings to it a refreshingly sly inventiveness, providing twists, surprises, subplots and mini-climaxes enough to satisfy the most demanding reader.
A beautifully crafted psychological thriller by a master of the genre. Unputdownable. Buy it as a present for an enthusiast you know, but read it yourself first.
• Formerly a zoologist and academic, Stephanie Alexander, Witness columnist, media critic and book reviewer of long standing, is a writer and an accredited teacher of Iyengar Yoga.