This is a book you simply cannot put down for fear of what will happen whilst your back is turned.
What could possibly go wrong when a fastidiously perfect and flawless flat is left in the hands of an old university acquaintance? “But for the floors, and the sofa, and the porn, and the dead and the missing, the flat was restored to perfect order.” This truly is a work of rare genius, and for a debut novel it deserves the highest acclaim.
Brilliantly written, the narrative suspense is pitched at just the right level to make you wonder how far Wiles is going to go with it. And then he goes there. In places it is so farcical it is almost unbearable to watch the chaos unfurl, in case your pre-emptive imagination was right. It’s hilarious, it’s cringe-worthy, it plays havoc with everyday situations we’ve all encountered, and it’s utterly, utterly brilliant.