Jack's got problems. First there's his ex-girlfriend, Breach: a girl who even his mother adores. Their relationship had been perfect - too perfect. So when Breach said she loved him. Jack did what any red-blooded twenty-something guy would do: he fled. Now he's with Hope. She's gorgeous, smart, rich and quite possibly crazy. Hope's friends? Even crazier. Jack's life is suddenly cluttered with young, beautiful people who have a strange definition of love. Relying on fate, Jack decides to ride the situation out with little or no regard for the consequences. A no-good gambling father, Hope's psychotic mother, and a seductive older woman aren't making things any easier. Jack's getting plenty of advice, though. If he isn't seeking the counsel of the local Mafiosi deli owner, then his mother and her "Friday Night Drinking Club" are more than willing to butt in. But if love is just a game, it's going to take more than just luck to break Jack's losing streak...
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(197mm x 130mm x mm)
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UK Kirkus Review »
Jack Wilson is 26, and hates his job as an advertising salesman for a newspaper, but he should be happy. He's just moved in with Hope, his beautiful and rich girlfriend of nine months. But that's where the problems start. An old hand at relationship games, Jack's not quite ready to stop playing just yet. He still thinks about Breach, the ex-girlfriend his mother adores, who he never truly split up with. Then there's Meredith, the alluring aerobics teacher. Surrounded by possibilities and confusion, Jack battles with his commitment-phobic persona in his newly acquired domesticity with Hope in small-town Colorado. As his relationship with Hope develops, sometimes unpredictably, he discovers uncomfortable secrets about her past as well as his own and struggles to deal with his relationship with the father he hasn't seen for ten years. As if this wasn't enough, weird things have started happening. Messages keep appearing on Jack's client Sammy's shop that no one can explain. As Jack moves uncertainly into a new circle of Hope's friends, the story moves from Colorado to Long Island and New York, and Jack starts to believe that the strange goings-on are aimed at him. Is someone trying to tell him something? In a witty and clever first novel, Gleacher handles the themes of love, relationships and death with assured confidence, allowing for moments of unpredictability and poignancy. Jack Wilson is an extremely recognizable character and his fast-paced, action-packed and mysterious narrative will keep you in suspense throughout. (Kirkus UK)
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