My good friend Girl Booker has already written the perfect review for this book.
So much so, the whole time I was reading 'A Common Loss', I craved a cup of buddha's tear tea! Making a cup of buddha's tear tea quickly became a ritual every time I picked up the book.
All I can add really is my own sense of unease and disquiet.
These feelings built up in me with each reading session.
I didn't really like any of the characters, but their story was compelling. I couldn't help but think that these were the grown-up players from Donna Tartt's 'A Secret History' come back to haunt. Characters full of moral ambiguity, youthful arrogance and misplaced loyalties.
I would like to go back and read Tranter's debut novel 'The Legacy' now.