This reminded me a bit of Ruth Rendell when she writes as Barbara Vine, though it was much less fully written. It was a psychological setpiece, capturing the important bits and pieces that made this main character what he was. The story is about a teacher who is living a purposefully humdrum life whose wife leaves him, setting a much larger change in motion. It involves a murder some 20 years ago, and the teacher's role in that. When his wife leaves and he is put on leave from school, he changes his name and moves to a run-down boarding house, from which he searches for the truth about the past. Sometimes it was a little confusing as it moved from one scene to another, but overall I thought it was quite good.