‘A feat of skilful empathic writing… give[s] us the certainty that Radmann is capable of writing a truly psychological thriller’
Gentle but highly strung, Janet must support her Afrikaner husband in his new job as a plain-clothes policeman and specialist interrogator. Hektor-Jan heads off to work on New Year’s Day, aware that he is unbearably close to a bloody drama about to unfold.
As Janet’s world tightens and threatens to fracture, she must look to her children and cling to the support of Alice, her maid, and Solomon, her ever-faithful gardener. All too conscious of her own emotional fragility, Janet watches her mother slip into the folds of ‘Old Timers’ disease. And next door, the lurking, unfathomable Doug is up to no good. As the crack in the swimming pool widens, can Janet bridge the gaps that threaten them all?
Written with tenderness and disquieting power, Christopher Radmann exposes a brutal centre that cannot hold – and reveals how in apartheid South Africa, things must crack and fall apart.
‘Compelling… Radmann’s prose is stark, concise and harrowing… a worthy read exploring the effects of injustice entrenched in society’s familial roots’
‘A taut and imaginative novel about apartheid-era South Africa, full of niggling symbolism, imperfectly concealed secrets and fractured lives.’