THE COUPLE AT THE TABLE
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You’re on your honeymoon at an exclusive couples-only resort.
You receive a note warning you to ‘Beware of the couple at the table nearest to yours’. At dinner that night, five other couples are present, and none of their tables is any nearer or further away than any of the others. It’s as if someone has set the scene in order to make the warning note meaningless – but why would anyone do that?
You have no idea.
You also don’t know that you’re about to be murdered, or that once you’re dead, all the evidence will suggest that no one there that night could possibly have committed the crime.
So who might be trying to warn you? And who might be about to commit the perfect impossible murder?
Dear Whoever Killed Jane Brinkwood,
Dear Jane’s Murderer,
Which do you prefer?
This is a first for me: writing to someone while not having a clue
who they are. I’ve no idea how to approach doing something so strange, but I’ll have to figure it out as I go along because I need to write this down.
I don’t actually refer to you in my mind as either ‘Jane’s killer’ or ‘Jane’s murderer’. Both sound too formal. I tend to call you ‘whoever did it’. I’m usually talking to someone who knows what ‘it’ means.
You might be surprised to know that I sometimes think of you as the second most likely person in the world (after me) to murder Jane. I didn’t kill her, but I’m still the person most likely to have done so….
“The Couple at the Table has everything you want in a mystery – a cryptic threat, a murder, a closed circle of suspects and an unguessable solution. Completely ingenious, entirely satisfying – a delight from start to finish.”
Alex Michaelides, internationally bestselling author of The Silent Patient