I don't know what it was that made me pick up this disturbing and funny book, but it was like a flash of dark light from the moment I began reading the first story. From the weird, and painful (to read) "Thomas Crumlesh", to the moving "Reach of Love", McCormack shows a twisted talent that could be compared to David Lynch. The title story is a funny, human, yet ultimately tragic and bloody portrayal of madness, fear, disgust and sibling rivalry. Mike McCormack is a writer who deserves more recognition, and I hope he gets it. Part Ian McEwan, part Edgar Allan Poe, with a little bit of Will Self thrown in for good measure, "Getting it in the Head" is one of the best debuts - indeed best books - that I have read in ages. I can hardly wait for "Crowe's Requiem", his first novel, due out in June.