In stylish prose, Sternbergh constructs a lustrous domestic suspense novel ... The novel has an almost midcentury coolness in tone, and Daisy, an actor, is like a Hitchcock blonde, self-contained and enigmatic ... Deliciously entertaining, but its portrait of a marriage in trouble is nuanced and serious, hopeful and melancholy. There are real impacts under its glitter.
This brilliantly paced thriller stars two absorbing and consistently self-absorbed lead characters and a mind-boggling supporting cast with a theatrical air that is perfect for dark drama. In a new direction for Sternbergh there is no postapocalyptic terror here, just riveting suspense in the classic Hitchcockian style.
Wry, sly ... Sternbergh...shows he’s gotten even better at evoking bizarre behavior in seemingly normal environs and keeping his readers in the dark just long enough to make them jump when the lights, so to speak, come up. This crafty storyline hooks you from the start. All you need to do is hang on for a wild ride.