Murders that look like accidents. An accident that looks like murder.
A psychological thriller.
A couple and their young son burn to death in a house fire. A girl dies from a nut allergy. A woman falls under a train during the rush hour. An accountant falls down the steps to his basement. Their deaths appear to be accidents. Only Gloria knows they were murders, because she murdered them.
Each time she kills someone she buys a doll.
A shy young man who has had a nervous breakdown, advertises for a lodger to solve his financial problems. Gloria moves in. He has no idea she has already murdered six people. His life becomes a nightmare. As her character become more twisted, it is no longer enough to kill her victims. First she must wreck their lives and witness their suffering.
A cracking read. Tense, taut and blackly humourous, this is wonderful stuff. Gloria is identifiable and unfathomable, and I'm not sure if I like her or not (similarly, I'm unsure whether to feel sorry for Garry or join in with Gloria in her revenge).