The Fall Guy by James Lasdun is hard to put down. Matt is invited to spend the summer at his wealthy cousin Charlie’s house in upstate New York. Things start to fall apart quickly. Chloe, Charlie’s beautiful wife, is a source of tension, as are long ago events that still resonate in present-day relationships. The reader is always off balance, nothing is clear, while the threats unfold almost delicately, and definitely cleverly.