Reviews

  • "Engaging, effortlessly readable… Lasdun’s writing style is clean and straightforward. All the complexity resides in character and detail. This is masterfully controlled 2am noir."

    Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
  • "What a sinister and searching novel this is – and what a delight. James Lasdun is one of our great writers."

    Joseph O’Neill
  • "Exceptionally entertaining…The Fall Guy reads like early Ian McEwan or late Patricia Highsmith… Lasdun is masterly in his story’s constructionThis is exactly what a literary thriller should be: intelligent, careful, swift, unsettling."

    Charles Finch, New York Times Book Review
  • "Nothing is straightforward in this slick, Highsmithian thriller, and while the damaged Matthew’s capacity for self-deception is flagged early, Lasdun’s skill lies not least in letting us think that we might therefore have his number. Wrong – and yet the novel’s denouement feels fated even as it smoothly steals the breath. "

    Stephanie Cross, Observer
  • "Impossible to put down."

    Daily Mail
  • "A deftly constructed narratives of guilt and buried resentment"

    M. Harrison, Guardian
  • "Already drawing comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train — but more aptly described as the literary descendant of Dostoyevsky and Patricia Highsmith in an alluring contemporary setting — The Fall Guy is a twisty, chilly, exquisitely written, and tautly suspenseful exploration of big ideas in the guise of a psychological thriller."

    Boston Globe