âNow You See Himâ starts out with the deaths of a semi-famous writer, Rob Castor, and his estranged girlfriend in a murder/suicide, but quickly veers off into a laundry list of the problems currently being faced by a close friend of the writer. The book is not about Castor's death, instead it is a character study of the people who are left behind by the tragedy, their feelings and coping strategies.
Nick Framingham was one of Rob's best friends from childhood, he grew up almost as part of the Castor family, dated Rob's sister Belinda, and knew Rob better than anyone else. Or so he thought, as the revelation that his friend was a murderer is almost more than he can bear. Nick's marriage, already on shaky ground, really begins to founder when Nick immerses himself in his own misery.
As media attention awakens, and the interviews begin Nick finds himself facing one unwanted revelation after another. He learns things about Rob, about Belinda, and most importantly about himself and his family. There are so many layers upon layers of secrets to this story that turning the pages is like peeling an onion.
Ann Patchett the author of the award winning Bel Canto (2001) calls Now You See Him âa true literary page-turner in which a string of startling revelations unfold within the constructs of lush and beautiful prose. It is at turns both heartbreaking and breathtaking." Little more needs to be said, other than that this book is a fantastic journey into the human psyche, which is all the more fascinating because the characters feel so real.