Children's author, Oliver Ryan, shockingly attacks his wife of 20 years putting her in a coma. Oliver is handsome and charismatic. Despite the discreet affairs he regularly engaged in, Oliver is fond of his wife and is in shock himself over his disgusting assault. As the ugly truth of his childhood unravels his violent outburst becomes less surprising. It is clear why this psychological thriller won the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year.