• Publisher's description. From one of Spain's most acclaimed literary voices comes a rich and complex portrait of mutual deception, toxic love and cruel, lingering guilt. A youth caught in the middle of someone else's bitter marriage; a beautiful woman scorned; a man torn between conscience and will. Step into the melancholic, unforgiving world of Javier Marías.

  • A ferociously addictive, troubling, seductive read... I was gripped by every word

  • A fusion of a coming-of-age story with something like a conspiracy thriller...a demonstration of what fiction at its best can achieve

  • The characters may wish they'd closed their eyes and covered their ears, but the reader will devour every exquisitely wretched revelation

  • Almodóvar-esque

    New York Magazine
  • Marías returns with another masterful tapestry of noir-ish twists and digressive cerebration