Aside from the sophisticated, intricate writing, the kind that may not have been successfully executed since Jane Austen, Rachel Cusk's insights into human behavior are dizzying. She uses unique, unexpected metaphors to describe, and almost every paragraph includes a disturbing glimpse into the human psyche. In my opinion, The Temporary is a psychological thriller, and the genius of it is that Cusk has created a sympathetic character whose behavior we sometimes question, and an unlikable character for whom we come to have compassion. At least that's how it worked for me. The fact that the ending left me mildy baffled only increased the novel's success. It ends with a cliffhanger, suggesting the fluidity of fate. Anwyay, I cannot say enough good things about this story of a temporary, her hapless victim, and the womanizer who brings the whole thing to a head in ones of the most chilling scenes I have ever read.Read it!