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By Margot Livesey

A taut emotional mystery approximately love, obsession and the secrets and techniques that pull a relatives apart.

Donald believes he understands all there's to understand approximately seeing. An optician in suburban Boston, he rests guaranteed that he and his spouse, Viv, who works on the neighborhood stables, will stay out quiet lives with their kids. Then Mercury—a attractive younger racehorse—enters their lives and every little thing changes.

Viv’s good friend Hilary has inherited Mercury from her brother after his mysterious death—he used to be driving Mercury overdue one afternoon and the pony again to the stables by myself. while Hilary first brings Mercury to board on the stables everybody there's struck via his good looks and prowess, relatively Viv. As she rides him, Viv goals of competing with Mercury, rebuilding the goals of grandeur that she held for herself ahead of relocating to the suburbs. yet her daydreams quickly morph into eating wish, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred quick escalates to obsession.

By the time Donald is familiar with the swap that has come over Viv, it really is too overdue to forestall the upcoming destiny that either their activities have wrought for them and their family. A superbly crafted, riveting novel concerning the ways that relationships may be disrupted and, eventually, destroyed by means of obsession, secrets and techniques and ever-escalating lies.

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