We gave it an A-
Hardie’s elegant, measured debut has a spooky, this-house-ain’t-no-home element to it that is reminiscent of Rebecca, if Rebecca were set on a small farm in present-day Ireland. Our protagonist (one hesitates to call such an emotionally calculating, coolly desperate woman a ”heroine”) is a recent widow, in need of a home and caretaker for herself and her badly behaved, perhaps psychotic, teenage son, Joss. She finds refuge with an unsuspecting but equally needy man, only to watch their relationship play out like a sinister game of Stratego. Hardie manages to construct a flowing narrative that pays as much attention to the enigma of relationships as to the surprising mystery at the heart of the story.