A spur-of-the-moment detour leads to disaster in this psychological thriller debut.
Joseph Lynch and his 4-year-old son, William, are navigating North London traffic when William spots his mother’s car exiting the highway. William wants to surprise Melissa, so they follow her to the Premier Inn, where Joe assumes she’s meeting a client; instead, they find Mel in the hotel bar, arguing with her best friend’s husband, tech millionaire Ben Delaney. Mel flees before Joe can flag her down, so he confronts Ben, who denies having seen Mel. The ensuing scuffle ends with Ben’s striking his head on the parking garage floor and losing consciousness. Joe takes William home and then returns to the hotel, but Ben and his vehicle are gone. Also missing is Joe’s phone, which he lost in the fray. Later that night, Joe interrogates Mel, who insists that the rendezvous was business-related. Joe initially believes her, but it’s not long until he realizes that his wife is lying—and that thanks to her vengeful lover, his marriage isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Logan writes viscerally about the emotional devastation wrought by marital infidelity. Joe’s heartbreak and desolation are palpable, the tale cunningly exploits the paranoia that springs from fractured trust, and although Logan fails to fully earn his twisting plot’s final turn, the ending still packs a punch.
British journalist Logan’s first foray into crime fiction is an adrenaline-fueled page-turner that explores the fragility of domestic bliss.