This is possibly one of the best books I’ve read this year…and I consume books. Merrow’s balance of mystery, strained relationship and sexual tension is masterful. Tom is a fantastic main character and Phil serves as the perfect foil. Gary as the best friend served as a bit of levity to balance things out but my favourite secondary character was Tom’s friend, Police Inspector Dave. Where most writers tend to over burden the main character’s life with a glut of gay characters, Merrow provides a reasonable balance in providing a diverse, multi-oriented social life for Tom. Phil’s struggle with his attraction isn’t a gay-for-you but rather a reasonable caution as he angles through psychological obstacles.
Seriously, a fantastic read and a book I’d recommend highly. Can’t say enough praise for this book. Well done!