A tragic car crash on a snow-bound road triggers a series of events which expose the fault lines in a couple's dysfunctional relationship to a horrifying degree. This is gripping, compelling stuff, which drew me in from the very first page and forced me to finish the book in a single setting. The atmosphere is beautifully developed, with the retro setting (the early 1960s), the menace of the wintry landscape and the nods to the horror genre - the creepy, isolated house, the rat-infested cellar - all lending a Gothic touch to this short, nasty tale of madness and the consequences of making the wrong moral choice.
Highly recommended. Please buy it; it might encourage Mr Belshaw to write more in this genre.