Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, this is the chilling story of a rivalrous friendship - as told with deceptive casualness by the narrator, Ian.
It opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea.
Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden couple, and the scene is set for sunlit relaxation.
But dangerous tensions quickly emerge, and in the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer, Ollie and Ian resurrect a bet made twenty years before.
Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in train actions that will have irreversible consequences.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/05/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099542346