They were the perfect family. He was the perfect stranger. They should never have let him in . . .A brilliantly assured psychological thriller from the international bestselling author of The Wishing Game.
Everyone envies the Randalls: beautiful, accomplished and high-flying, their lives are almost too good to be true.
No one envies Stuart. A tough childhood has left him making his way as best he can, vowing to lose a bit more weight and become a bit more successful.
But a chance encounter sets in motion a series of events which will shatter everything. Some will think they've lost, others will think they've won, but none of them will be prepared for the final catastrophe of jealousy, betrayal and agonizing justice.
They should never have invited Stuart in - and he should never have trusted them.
A brilliantly assured psychological thriller that builds tension with such power and conviction, you will feel as if you are there with them, fighting for a say.
The setting is genuinely chilling, and the atmosphere of menace and sterility riveting - Daily Express
Patrick Redmond's chilling debut novel is a first-rate page-turner . . . Other writers may be hailed as the new Patrick Redmond in years to come - Daily Mirror
Such is the hard-edged skill of Redmond's writing that the carefully structured revelations about the past have a bitter and compelling power - Times Literary Supplement
This impressive first novel powerfully evokes the terrible effects of cruelty and bullying, and the unravelling nightmare is sustained with suspense and pace - Sunday Mirror
Assured writing sets up evil to overcome the weak in this deft, Hitchcockian portrayal of a malevolent microcosm of warped power - Publishing News
The Wishing Game is dark and gripping, like an anaconda. I could not pull myself away: an astonishing debut - Tim Rice
Thanks to Redmond's masterfully subtle fore-shadowing, a brooding sense of impending disaster is maintained throughout his gripping suspense thriller - Publishers Weekly
Redmond has a way of making individuals seem both more human and more vile as new levels of detail are unearthed. Even his villains manage to become more understandable, vulnerable and complex as the book marches on . . . An impressive debut - Washington Post
Patrick Redmond was born in Essex in 1966. After attending school in Essex and the Channel Islands he completed a Law degree at Leicester University and then a Masters at University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He spent ten years working in the City of London specialising in Commercial and EU law, before leaving to become a full time writer. His novels have hit the bestseller lists in the UK, Germany and Italy, and have been translated into fifteen languages. Patrick lives in West London.