In the late-1960s Oxford, Jack Roberts – a lower-middle-class northerner without dreams or ambitions – is a fish out of water. Then he meets the charismatic, exotic Hasan – a fellow student who is hell bent on challenging and changing everything – and suddenly the world opens up to him. Jack hero-worships his new friend, even if he catches glimpses of something altogether darker under his dazzling persona. At the end of university, Hasan just as suddenly disappears from Jack’s life and Jack finds himself once again plunged into a nihilistic existence. His brilliant friend, however, continues to haunt him?
Part Hitchcockian thriller, part melancholy Almodavarian melodrama, this beautifully written book will tease and entice to the very last page.