This British thriller is a standalone.
The story takes place in the 70s. We meet Alice who sees it as a great step when she gets the job as a bunny girl. She runs into the comedian Lenny Maxted, and despite his alcohol problem and his lack of self-esteem, she falls in love with him, and she puts up with quite a lot before she makes up her mind to leave him.
Lenny is one half of the duo Lenny and Jack, so after Lenny´s suicide the rest of the book deals with Alice´s past with Lenny, and what happens when she meets his partner Jack again. At first Alice does not know why Jack appears out of the blue, but a body found in a car is the trigger which has the most sinister consequences for the circle around Lenny.
The time may explain why Alice puts up with men who expect her to wait on them hand and foot, and why all and sundry accept drugs and whisky as facts of life. So even though I often wanted to shout at Alice to pull herself together and think of her self-esteem, I was intrigued by the story much in the same way as by Wilson´s debut, A Little Death (read in my pre-blogging days).
I bought the book myself, and don´t let the title fool you – this one is not cosy.