One of those situations where you think, 'this can't get any worse' but you know that it will. Small things building up like rubbish blown against a fire door in a hot dry summer.
The characters all ring true both in how they see themselves in the privacy of their own heads and how they all misunderstand one another while trying hard to pretend nothing fundamentally bad is happening.
It's skillfully done, although I find the 'murder mystery game' a little clumsy as a device, especially in audiobook format.
I realise that I'm hoping that the ancient labrador will make it safely to the end of the book, which, given all the other people involved and the traumas they're facing, may say a lot about my priorities.