It is rare — and refreshing — that the storyteller in this slightly bonkers thriller is the male character: a handsome tennis coach, father of two and apparently conventional husband of a super-conventional estate agent, Millicent.
It does verge on crazy but, somehow, Downing has the wit to pull it off and, in the process, creates a highly original and dark look at the shifting power structures in a modern marriage. A neighbourhood serial killer on the loose is an important part of the madness that makes this such a funny, smart book.
From the outside, the nameless narrator and his wife, Millicent, look like a normal married couple. They have good jobs, two children and are respectable member sof thier small-town American community. But then the murders start. A dark and clever debut thriller.