A confronting title for an unsettling but gripping debut novel from Canadian Iain Reid.
A young woman is driving down a country road one winter’s night with her boyfriend. She’s going to meet his parents for the first time but she has a secret: the relationship’s not working and she’s thinking of ending things.
A drama then? A tale of promising young love gone wrong? Not even close. The omens are everywhere: something is terribly amiss here and one way or another this night is going to end in violence.
This is a tight, suspenseful psychological horror that builds assuredly towards a shocking ending – equal parts Shirley Jackson, Chuck Palanhuik and 80s slasher movie – that I for one didn’t see coming.
To say more about the plot would be to do a disservice to any reader that follow me. The novel layers mystery upon strange mystery so relentlessly that about two thirds of the way through I couldn’t help but exclaim to myself “What the hell is going on in this book!?” – but it sticks the landing with a satisfying pay-off.
Next: the new frontier.