The last weekend is set over a long weekend in East Anglia, Morrison’s new novel is the chilling story of a rivalrous friendship – as told with illusory casualness by the narrator, Ian.
A surprise phone call from an old university buddy inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a sweet couple, and the scene is set for relaxation in the sun.
Dangerous tensions Erupt. Lucid prose, flashes of wit and moments of disturbing uncertainty.
Blake Morrison perfectly conveys the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer. Revelations from Ian’s past slowly erupt and his rivalry with Ollie intensifies as they resurrect a seemingly forgotten bet made twenty years before.
Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes that will have irreversible consequences. “The Last Weekend” is a cunningly plotted page-turner, where little can be taken for granted and nothing is quite as it seems.
Expect nothing less than a dark, haunting tale of friendship, sexual passion and jealousy.