""‘The Jealous One’ is an outstanding novel of Domestic Noir. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. "
On the surface, Rosamund and her husband, Geoffrey, are living the suburban dream. Happily married, they've set up home in a safe, middle-class suburb where they keep each other entertained by gossiping about their neighbours, revelling in their flaws and foibles.
When a new neighbour moves in next door, Rosamund's safe world is shattered. Their new neighbour, Lindy, is smart, good-looking, friendly, and delightful in every way. She is nothing like the conventional, respectable neighbours Rosamund and Geoffrey are used to dealing with (and feeling superior to). The only problem is that Geoffrey is a little too delighted with Lindy, and his wife is not happy about it. Rosamund begins to feel isolated.
Then Rosamund falls ill with flu. In her fevered state, she dreams of murdering Lindy. When she wakes up, she's horrified to discover that Lindy has inexplicably disappeared. What could possibly have happened?
Has Rosamund murdered Lindy, or is the real nightmare just beginning?