Crafty psychological thriller

2011-04-13 00:00

CONNIE Bowskill’s life appears to be mapped out pleasingly ahead of her when we are first introduced to her. She is married to a man doing reasonably well in his career, and Kit seems to be the model husband.

But the surface belies a deep-seated suspicion held by Connie that Kit is hiding something, and she sets out to investigate what it is.

Her niggling woman’s intuition gives way to all-out paranoia as Connie realises that something serious is amiss. But no one believes her and Kit’s exasperation at her doubt in him does little to assuage the choking fear growing inside her that he is leading an entirely double life. But where is the proof?

Looking at a virtual tour of a house for sale online late one night, Connie comes across the image of a woman lying murdered in a pool of blood in the lounge. Totally freaked out, she calls Kit, who looks through the same virtual tour again, but this time the dead woman and the blood are gone and the lounge appears normal. So what’s going on? Is Connie really imagining everything? Are her doubts founded in fact or are they the meanderings of a disturbed mind?

The mysterious and sharp-witted detective Simon Waterhouse, who is drawn in to investigate the case, was an interesting character, but I would have liked more detail about him. His character, and the storyline about his complicated honeymoon, seemed to fizzle out just when you wanted more.

A crafty psychological thriller, Lasting Damage is well written and believable and will leave you with a dreaded sense of dis-ease as it races to its spine-tingling climax. Great fun.

A caveat to any woman who doubts the integrity of her husband — don’t read this book. It will, no doubt, only serve to heighten your anxiety.

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