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Lots of irrelevant stuff that doesn't go anywhere, the ending is very disappointing, seems the author ran out of puff and wanted to wrap everything up rather too quickly. No likeable characters.
I liked the slow-burn tensions in this novel, and the way Lasdun plays with the reader's natural sympathy for Matthew the protagonist, who reminded me on Nick Guest in Alan Hollinghurst's "The Line of Beauty", though the style is more like Ian McEwan at his tense and creepy best. The narrator handles the disparate accents well, except in a dinner party scene with a melange of accents that would have tested any performer to the limit.