A doctor's wife makes the devastating find of a condom
wrapper in her husband's car. Driving down a back road,
stunned, her mind lost in a convoluted maze, she hits and
kills a woman bicycling on the side of the road. It's the
beginning of the unraveling.
As she destroys her husband's car and watches him pack and
leave, she's lost in her life. In the death she caused.
Compelled to learn more about the woman she killed, she
watches the dead woman's husband from afar. Watches as his
world, too, crumbles and he becomes thinner, frailer, more
chaotic. Gradually, she enters his life, reaching out to
This is the kind of book that makes you question what you
are capable of. Driving away from a dead woman on a lonely
country road? Losing yourself in the horror of your life?
Ms. Joss digs into the human psyche, stimulating the
uncomfortable and prickly parts of us that are disguised
under the veneer of civility we wear. Her lyrical and
intense writing style pulls you in and simply won't let go.
On a blustery April day, the quiet, rather private wife of
a doctor discovers that her husband has been having an
affair. Moments later, driving along a winding country
road and distracted perhaps by her own thoughts, perhaps
blinded by sunlight, she fails to see sixty-one-year-old
Ruth Mitchell up ahead, riding her bicycle. She hits her,
killing her instantly. And drives away.
run driver is never found. But the doctorâ€™s wife,
horrified by what she has done, begins to unravel. Soon
she turns her attention to Ruthâ€™s bereaved husband, a man
staggering sleeplessly through each night, as unhinged by
grief as the killer is by guilt.
does not realize at first that someone has begun watching
him through his windows, worrying over his disheveled
appearance, his increasingly chaotic home. And when at
last she steps through his doorway, secretly at first,
then more boldly, he is ready to believe that, for reasons
beyond his understanding, his wife has somehow been
returned to himâ€¦.
A story of loss, lies, and
wrongdoing, astonishingly complex and ingeniously
inventive, The Night Followingis also a
love story and the extraordinarily moving tale of a
killerâ€™s journey from the shadows into the light. It
confirms the mastery of a writer who is both tender and
unflinching in her examination of human frailtyâ€”and of the
shattering repercussions of deception.